DNA links suspect to Lawyer Willie Kimani’s murder

From left: Peter Kamau, Leonard Maina, Sylvia Wanjohi, Stephen Morogo and Fredrick Leliman appear before a Nairobi court on July 13, 2017 for the hearing of the case in which they are charged with the murder of lawyer Willy Kimani, his client and their taxi driver. The hearing will proceed on July 17.

A suspect linked to the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri, has matched the DNA profiles analyzed from five cigarette butts recovered from the crime scene where the three are suspected to have been murdered.

The tests were carried out by Dr. Joseph Kagunda Kimani, a doctor from the Government Chemist.

The prosecution believes that the three were murdered in the field in June 2016 after attending a court case in Mavoko. They were recovered from River Athi, near Donyo Sabuk, one week later.

Dr. Kimani told the court that he analyzed over 70 items collected from the scene. He added that DNA lasts longer on cigarette butts than on open surfaces exposed to sun or moisture.

The expert charged that unless Kamau [the suspect] has an identical twin brother, then the DNA accurately matches his.

Four officers suspected of involvement in the murder denied the charges.

Mr Kimani, a human rights advocate with International Justice Mission, had been hired by Mr. Mwendwa to represent him in a case he [Mwendwa] had filed against Mr Leliman at Movoko.

The trial continues.