ANOTHER COUNTY ASKARI LINKED TO THE MURDER OF A HAWKER CHARGED.

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County askaris Ambani Akasi alias Wasi Wasi who is linked with the hawkers killings at Milimani law courts where he was charged with murder on 25 January, 2015.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Fourth county askaris linked with the killing of a Hawker has been charged with murder at Nairobi High court Criminal Division.

Ambani Akasi alias Wasi Wasi who had been issued with warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court to take plea appeared before High court Judge, Justice James Wakiaga  and denied the charges.

Akasi will now face trial jointly with Alfred Maranya alias Brown, Marigo Protus Magara Alias Sarara and Julius Omanyo Ochieng who denied simiral charges last week.

The four are said to have killed  Irungu Kamau on September 16, 2013 at about 7.30 pm at Nyam Hotel, along Duruma Road within Nairobi County.

His co accused appeared before Justice Luka Kimaru last week and denied the charges.

Akasi was directed to go for further finger taking and be back in court on February 22 for bail application.

Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko directed the four to be charged with murder of

Earlier, State Counsel Duncan Ondimu told Senior Principal Magistrate Joyce Gandani that Ogesi and Ochieng, who were remanded at Kamukunji Police Station, are likely to be charged with murder, among other criminal offences.

“I direct the suspects to remain in custody until Wednesday when police will furnish the court with details of their investigations before the court gives further directions,” Ms Gandani said.

A third suspect, Protus Magara alias Sarara, was arrested by Flying Squad officers.

He appeared in court and was also remanded awaiting probe, before he could plead to murder charges. Sarara was found with a Ceska pistol, which was confiscated by officers.

The case against the three charged earlier will be mentioned on January 20 for defense to be given a date for hearing and make an application for bond terms.

On Friday last the case took a new twist on after two key witness were charged with damaging properties belong to the county government.

Josephine Wambui and Naomi Ndinda were accused of damaging four windows glasses of a motor vehicle valued at Sh 15,000, but they denied the charge.

The council claims that the two women willfully damaged the windows on January 21, 2016 along Tom Mboya Street.

Wambui and Ndinda are the main witnesses in a murder case against four Askaris suspected to be behind the killings of a number of hawkers in the city.

Alfred Ogesi, Protus Sakala , Julius Ochieng  and Ambani Akasi have been charged with the murder of  Irungu Kamau .

The four, the court heard jointly murdered Kamau at Nyam Hotel, along Duruma road, Nairobi County on September 16 2015.

Nairobi senator Mike Sonko who lodged a complaint against the officers says the two witnesses are being intimidated so that they don’t testify in the murder case.Sonko said he will be seeking witness protection for the two women.

Senator Mike Sonko, who had offered a Sh100, 000 rewards for information on the killings said Sakala was the leader of the gang.

Sonko had also threatened to resign had authorities failed to take action against rogue city county askaris.

The women were released on cash bail of sh 10 k or alternative o Bond of sh 100 k and one surety. Hearing will be on February 18.

The trial magistrate ordered the accused to be released on cash of Sh 10,000 or alternative bond of Sh 100,000 with one surety of similar amount. Their case will be heard on February 18.

The accused are expected to give evidence against Mr Alfred Ongesi alias Brown and Mr Julius Ochieng who have been charged with killing Mr Irungu Kamau, a hawker, on September 2013 at Nyam Hotel along Duruma Road Nairobi.

 

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