Four Nairobi County Askalis accused Alfred Maranya Ogesi, alias Brown, Julius Omanyo Ochieng and Marigo Protus, alias Sarara and Ambani Akasi, alias Wasiwasi at Milimani law court on Wenesday February 24 ,2016
BY SAM ALFAN.
Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko has opposed the release of four Nairobi County Askalis on grounds that they are flight risk.
Tobiko through assistant director of public prosecution Catherine Mwaniki, told Justice James Wakiaga, that the it took police two years to apprehend them.
She told the court that the four Alfred Maranya Ogesi, alias Brown, Julius Omanyo Ochieng and Marigo Protus, alias Sarara and Ambani Akasi, alias Wasiwasi are very dangerous to the society.
The court heard one of the suspect Alias Wasisi had been on the run only appeared in court when a warrant of arrest was issued.
Mrs Mwanki submitted that even the wife of the deceased has expressed fear, if the suspects were released on bail pending trial.
”The evidence held by the prosecution shows how the accused have been terrorizing hawkers in the city and it was difficult to arrest them as the victims feared for their lives” the court heard.
The four Nairobi County askaris are suspected to be behind the serial killings of hawkers in the city.
Ogesi, Ochieng , Marigo and Ambani were charged on January 11with the murder of Mr Irungu Kamau.
The accused are among county Inspectorate officers suspected of being behind the killings of several hawkers in the city, more than 10 hawkers have been murdered. Mrs Mwaniki told the court.
The Court had two week ago directed Nairobi City County inspectorate department to supply DPP with particulars of the four askaris who are facing murder charge.
“The court hereby orders the director of inspectorate to avail to the probation officer they said report failure to which he should appear in court to explain the reasons of not complying with the prosecution’s request,” Justice Wakiaga ruled.
Mrs Mwaniki had told the court that despite several attempts by office of the DPP and the probation officer to get details of the four accused persons the inspectorate department has not been cooperative.
She said the prosecution has been unable to prepare for the trial owing to the failure by the department to supply details on when and how long Ogesi, Ochieng and Marigo had worked as city askaris.
“It is in the interest of justice that report is available to the prosecution before the accuser’s bail application is heard.
As at the moment the prosecution does not have details of the four and they cannot be admitted to bail before we know their particulars while they worked at City Hall,” Ms Mwaniki said.
The court will ruling on 23 March 2016 as to whether they should be released on bail