The High Court of Kenya has found Former Ruaraka OCS Nahashon Mutua guilty of murder.
According to details availed before the court, Nahashon killed a man by the name of Martin Koome in the year 2013 over unknown reasons.
The deceased Martin Koome,33 who was a miraa trader died at the Ruaraka Police Station after being hit severally in the head using a blunt metal pipe.
The court heard that Koome had returned to his home in Baba Dogo Estate drunk and after an argument with his wife threatened to jump out of his house through the window together with his two-month-old son.
It was then that his wife screamed alerting neighbors who in turn notified the Police. Upon arrival, the Police insisted on Arresting Koome even after his wife told them to let him be since it was a domestic matter.
The Police, however, took him with them and upon arriving at the Ruaraka Police Station, Koome refused to enter the Police cells claiming that he had not committed any offense.
The Officers on duty then asked for Nahashon's intervention and it was then that Koome was tortured to death.
His wife Peninah revealed that she followed her husband to the Police station with their baby and after some time, she heard him begging them to stop beating him.
Later the next morning, upon arrival at the Hospital, she was told that he had been taken to Kenyatta National Hospital ‘after falling ill.’ Upon arriving at the Hospital, Koome was found bruised and with deep cuts all over his head and abdomen. He died that evening at around 9:00 PM.
The Court further heard that Nahashon, the then OCS tried and almost succeeded in laying the blame on Kevin Odhiambo, one of the inmates with Koome at the time of his death.
A majority of people in the cells (18 prosecution witnesses) with Koome turned into prosecution witnesses after the International Justice Review Commission took over the matter.
Mutua, in his defense, stated that the witness statements were mere statements and were therefore not valid in accusing him of murder.
Justice Mutuku, in his ruling, stated that the Prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the deceased was tortured while in Police Custody leading to his death.
The Judge further stated that Mutua had misused his authority leading to the death of a suspect hence being culpable of the murder.
Nahashon Mutua’s sentencing will be announced on February 14th, this year.
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