Club Click owner, bouncer deny murder charges

May 15, 2012 2:49 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 – The proprietor of Club Click Jackson Maina Wangui and a bouncer accused of murdering a reveller in the bar two weeks ago have denied the charges.

Maina and bouncer Joseph Kirero Sepi denied that jointly with others not before court, they murdered Kevin Onyango on the night of May 7 and 8 at the club located on Baricho Road, Nairobi.

They were however remanded in custody until a bail application lodged by Sepi through lawyer Timothy Naeku is argued on Thursday.

The prosecution has urged Justice Nicholas Ombija not to grant them bail arguing there are compelling reasons why they should remain in remand custody.

According to the prosecution, the accused persons are likely to interfere with prosecution witnesses or the trial process.

The bouncer has maintained it is his constitutional right to be released on bond or bail pending trial as there are no compelling reasons to warrant denial of bail.

Sepi told the court that he is a husband and a father of two aged five and one year and the breadwinner for his 70-year-old sickly mother.

As the sole breadwinner of his young family, Sepi contends it is in the interest of justice that he be released on reasonable bail terms.

The man killed in the club was not immediately identified until last week on Wednesday when the family positively identified him at the City Mortuary.

The deceased Onyango, 24, worked as a salesman at his father’s business, Iseme Kenya, located on Luthuli Avenue in Nairobi.

He was allegedly killed by the club director and the bouncer after an argument reported to have started over a lost phone.

Maina is a licensed firearm holder but police have said circumstances under which he shot the man were not justified.

His firearm has since been taken away as he faces the charges.

The man’s family has since claimed their son was killed after an argument over a woman.

His father Andrew Otieno said it was not possible the argument was over a lost mobile phone because his son was not a thief.

“My son was a young man and looking at the photograph of the bar owner, he is equally young. I am convinced the whole issue was about women,” he told Capital FM News in an interview last week.

Otieno said his son’s friends have told them he was just seated having a drink when bouncers and the club owner Maina walked and engaged him in a confrontation before they dragged him upstairs.

Once on the fourth floor, Oduor was shot in the head and died instantly.

Police were called in and disarmed Wangui and arrested him alongside the bouncer.

“One of the friends has said there is nothing to do with a mobile phone… my son must have been killed over a woman because I hear he was just dragged out and taken to the roof top where he was shot,” Otieno said when we traced him to his business premises on Luthuli Avenue.

Police have said they are looking for the friends who were drinking with Kevin when the commotion occurred, to record statements.


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