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Relatives testify in Keino murder probe

07 April 2014, 16:35

Nairobi - A rumour that a body had been taken to Nairobi’s City mortuary on the day Mercy Keino was discovered missing by family members led to the identification of her body, a court heard yesterday.

Mr Edwin Kipsogei, a relative of the slain post-graduate University of Nairobi student found dead along Waiyaki Way three years ago said that the deceased’s father called him on June 18, 2011 to inform him that the late Ms Keino was missing.

Mr Kipsogey testified that he reported her missing at Industrial Area and Central police stations before meeting the deceased’s father later as they had got wind of information that a body had been taken at the City morgue.

He said he accompanied the deceased’s father and identified the body as Ms Keino’s and other relatives came too and identified the body as well.

"The deceased was my sister-in-law, her father called me and said that she had gone missing, I reported to the police twice and met him at the City Mortuary, there was a rumour that a body had been taken there, me and other relatives identified the body as hers,” said Mr Kipsogey who works at a refugee department.

Mr Kipsogey who was the forty-one prosecution witness to testify in the inquest of Ms Keino’s mysterious death also said that he was among those who identified her body at Montezuma where post mortem was conducted.

Police Officer Clement Mwangi’s testimony was stood down to allow him time to get particular details of one of the people who allegedly invited others to the party at the luxurious Wasini apartments in Nairobi’s Westlands on June 17, 2011.

Several witnesses have testified how the host of the party, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo had slapped and manhandled the 25-year old.

It is alleged that the deceased was apparently intoxicated following an unspecified disagreement, misbehaved and provoked the politician to take disciplinary action.

The scuffle led to a premature ending of the party and Ms Keino ran to the nearby Waiyaki Way where her lifeless body was found the following morning.

Mr Kabogo has already testified and Kericho Senator Charles Keter, who blew the whistle over the tragic circumstances that led to her death, is similarly expected to shed light on the case during the next hearing.

Mr Keter was scheduled to appear in court yesterday before Senior Principal Magistrate Peter Ndwiga but he was on his way outside the country hence could not testify.

Forensic data and CCTV experts also testified on their roles in retrieving a 48 hour long footage on the happenings at Wasini following news of Ms Keino’s death.

Kabogo’s driver recounted on how he drove him and his body guard as well as personal assistant to Wasini and remained sleeping in the car at the parking till nearly midnight without knowing why his boss was there.

The hearing continues on July 23 and 24.

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