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Police officer accused of torturing, brutally killing Matatu conductor in Rongai denies charges

A Moyale-based police who was arrested in connection to the brutal torture and subsequent murder of Joshua Mwangi, a matatu conductor in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County, has pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Police constable Edwin Oscar Okimaru was on Wednesday arraigned before the Machakos Law Courts, with his lawyers requesting for a reasonable bail terms.

The suspect has been in remand since May 14 when he was arrested by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers.

The cop will know his bail application fate on June 7, when the ruling on whether he will be released or not will be made.

Police constable Edwin Oscar Okimaru, attached to Dabel Police Station, was arrested after forensic investigations placed him at the scene of the gruesome murder.

How Conductor was Murdered

On April 18, 2021 at around 10 pm, the late Mwangi alongside two others identified as Njenga and George, were arrested at Stage One for violating curfew orders.

Okimaru and his colleagues assaulted them before bundling them into a trunk of a private car.

The police then drove to Tuala Bridge area where they dumped the victims.

“Miraculously, George who had been tied up using a rope managed to free himself, before rescuing to safety the deceased and Njenga who had been badly assaulted,” said the DCI. “George then managed to hail a boda boda rider who was riding past and together, they helped the deceased who couldn’t walk, on the motorbike.”

However, for “fear of coming across the two suspects who had beaten them senseless”, they did not rush the deceased to hospital, they left him at a “safe” spot, before dispersing in different directions, heading home.

“Helplessly, George and Njenga limped to different directions, leaving the deceased close to Nazarene University, unaware of the dangers posed by hyenas and other carnivores, that scavenge in the nearby Nairobi National Park at night,” added the DCI.

Conductor badly injured

The conductor reportedly spent the night there, and would only find assistance the following morning.

“A good Samaritan assisted the deceased to Ongata Rongai health center, where he received first aid before being transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital, in critical condition,” DCI said.

Due to the severity of injuries, teh conductor died two days later. A postmortem conducted by government pathologist Johansen Oduor, backed by forensic analysis, revealed that the deceased succumbed to chest injuries caused by blunt trauma.

“The deceased also suffered broken ribs and bones, indicating that he had been tortured prior to his death,” DCI revealed.

His family reported the matter at the Ongata Rongai Police Station, but afterwards filed another complaint at the DCI, requesting for their assistance in investigations.

DCI said that investigations into the murder case are ongoing to make more arrests. “The Directorate of Criminal Investigations reiterates that we shall leave no stone unturned, in the investigation of this heinous murder, irrespective of whether the perpetrators are Police Officers or not.”

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