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Prison warders accused of killing inmate

18 September 2015, 17:01 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - An inmate accused of murdering his cellmate at King’ong’o GK prison, Nyeri, has claimed that his life was in danger following threats from prison officers he alleged were involved in the offense.

Peter Gachau told Nyeri High Court judge, Justice John Mativo, that three officers had warned him against mentioning them in the matter.

Gachau is faced with charges of hammering to death fellow inmate Shem Mugendi on August 17, this year at the prison facilities.

He is a robbery with violence convict serving a life imprisonment sentence.

However, while appearing before the court, Gachau denied the charges as the court asked for his security to be guaranteed.

He told the court that three wardens he named only as sergeant Kariuki, Inspector Matimo and Superintended Muindi have also gone ahead and assaulted him.

Gachau prayed to be taken for x-ray examination due to injuries he claimed he sustained on the legs, shoulder and ribs when the said officers descended on him with crude weapons.

He added that he had not been able to reach the prison heads over the issue.

“I am praying to be taken for medical examination because I am suffering a dislocated joint so that the report can be administered in court as evidence,” said Gachau.

However, State Counsel Allan Wanjohi, faulted the accused for not reporting the matter to the prison authorities and asked him to do so in order to have the matter investigated to ascertain whether it was true.

The court ordered that the officer in charge of the prison to conduct investigations into the accused person’s claims.

The judge also said the accused be furnished with witness statements and any other documentary evidence the prosecution was going to rely on.

The case was slated to continue on September 30.

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