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3 police officers charged with murder of Barmaid

12 February 2016, 23:20

Nairobi - Three police officers have been charged with the murder of a barmaid.

The Standard reports that Silas Mutuma Marimi, Reuben Miano and Wycliffe Wangila Sikuku appeared before Justice Maureen Odero charged with killing Caren Chepkoech on July 8, 2014.

They were on duty till Thursday when they were arraigned in court. The trio were charged on the recommendation of the Independent Policing and Oversight Authority IPOA.

IPOA had recommended to the Director of Public Prosecutions that the officers be charged for the death of the woman in police custody.

Her death sparked demonstrations by residents who stormed Olenguruone Police Station on July 17, 2014 demanding that action be taken against the officers, prompting IPOA to carry out investigations.

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Investigations revealed that Chepkoech died while in the back of a police vehicle in the custody of Corporal Marimi and constables Miano and Wangila.

This is not the only case of policemen being charged for killing unlawfully.

Capital News reported that Inspector Veronica Gitahi and Constable Issa Mzee were found guilty of manslaughter for misusing their firearms when they conducted a botched operation in August 2014.

Muteti said the two officers must be held accountable for the death of the girl hence the need for the family to be compensated for the losses they suffered.

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