Cops in Kwale girl murder to know fate Friday

January 29, 2016 11:35 am
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Judge Justine Muya will determine if the two are guilty or not for the killing of the girl in Kwale County.
Judge Justine Muya will determine if the two are guilty or not for the killing of the girl in Kwale County.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – Two police officers charged with the murder of 14-year-old schoolgirl Kwekwe Mwandaza in Kwale county are on Friday set to know their fate when a Mombasa Court delivers its judgment.

Judge Justine Muya will determine if the two are guilty or not for the killing of the girl in Kwale County.

Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Alexander Muteti presented several witnesses in the case that had attracted public outcry.

The two officers, Inspector Veronicah Gitahi and Police Constable Issa Mzee are accused to have jointly murdered the schoolgirl in August 2014 in Kinango, Kwale County.

The then Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo had defended the officers saying they shot the girl after she tried to attack them with a machete.

The girl’s family and human rights activists dismissed Kimaiyo’s assertion, terming it an outright murder.

Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Odour confirmed that the girl died of a severe head injury, due to a gunshot.

Odour said the nature of the wound indicates that she was shot with a bullet at high velocity.

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