- Dysseleer Mireille Lesoipa disappeared early last year from her home in Nakuru.
- ATM cards and a copy of the death certificate were found in the suspect’s house.
A Nairobi court was flabbergasted yesterday when a defence lawyer in a murder case claimed the said victim is alive and well, and had conversed with him on WhatsApp.
Brian Khaemba is representing Lucy Waithera, who is accused of killing Belgian national Dysseleer Mireille Lesoipa.
Mireille disappeared from her home in Blankets estate, Nakuru County, early last year. The prosecution alleges that she was murdered and cremated. Her body has never been found.
Popularly known as ‘Leila wa Samburu’, the Belgian woman had relocated to Nakuru after falling out with her husband in Samburu. Her bank ATM cards and a copy of the death certificate were recovered from suspect Waithera’s house when she was arrested on February 1, 2020 in Milimani, Nakuru.
Dysseleer Mireille Lesoipa’s Wealth
Waithera allegedly colluded with lawyer Harry Gakiya, second accused person, to inherit Leila’s property soon after her disappearance.
“Hi,” the WhatsApp message allegedly from Leila read in part. “Please help my friends they are innocent and am alive. My lover is behind this. I sold all my properties and scared for Lucy because he took all, he got jealous and has been threatening I hope she finds justice someone big is involved and am scared for her please she is my only best friend [SIC].”
The shocking WhatsApp message sent at 6am yesterday went on: “If you can do something please do. Am unable to talk as I use a machine that gives me head ache am not used to it [SIC].”
The message was accompanied by a ghostly image clad in a hijab, eyes dark and foreboding.
The prosecution told the court that preliminary investigations show the mobile phone number through which the message was sent is not registered in the name of the deceased. Rather, it is in the name of one Newton Muendia of ID 35380572.
“We are in the process of tracing the owner of the phone to record a statement and the lawyer should also record a statement at the nearest police station,” the prosecution said.
Presiding judge Daniel Ogembo also directed the defence lawyer to present the information to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations. Subsequently, the investigators will file a report in court to verify the claims.
Hearing of the case continues in March (10, 16, 17), 2022.