The body of the two Kianjokoma brothers are set to be exhumed from their graves anytime from now if the court grants the request by the six police officers who were accused of killing them.
In a certificate of urgency, the six namely Nicholas Cheruiyot, James Mwanikiwere, Benson Mbuthia, Consolota Kariuki, Lilian Cherono and Martin Wanyama want the bodies exhumed prior to the charges being preferred against them.
“When a postmortem on the cause of death of the two deceased brothers Benson Njiru and Emmanuel Ndwiga was conducted, the petitioners’ chosen pathologists were not present… this the prejudice of having a post mortem report procured by the respondents,” reads the court papers filed through their lawyer Danstan Omari.
The six police officers argued that the two Kianjokoma brothers while travelling with other suspects “in a suicidal act while escaping lawful custody jumped out of the moving police vehicle thus succumbing to injuries.”
The six police officers also wanted the court to order their phones released so that they are able to send money to their loved ones back at home.
“A conservatory order be issued restraining IPOA, DPP and IG from commencing any criminal proceedings relating to the death of the deceased until the inquest is concluded on merit,” reads the petition.
Besides, the six police officers accused of murdering the Kianjokoma brothers also demanded to be released from Capitol Hill station on bail as investigation into the death goes on.
“An order is hereby issued to admit the petitioners from taking plea in any criminal court in respect to the death of the two deceased until the inquest is concluded,” reads the petition.
According to Police officer Nicholas Cheruiyot, they made ten arrests amongst them the two Kianjokoma brothers on that particular day while on patrol.
However, upon reaching the station, they were shocked to realize that two suspects were missing from the land cruiser and they believed that the two might have jumped on their way to Manyatta police station along Mbuvori Market and Kariari Market.
In the meantime, the six police officers who are still held at the Capitol Hill station had since been taken to Mathari Mental hospital for mental assessment with their case set to be mentioned on Tuesday.
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