The convicts in the gruesome murder of lawyer Willie Kimani have been sentenced.
The four are officers Fredrick Leliman (the main suspect), Stephen Cheburet, and Sylvia Wanjiku, and informer Peter Ngugi.
The three were accused of killing lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and their driver Joseph Muiruri in June 2016.
Justice Jessie Lesit today sentenced Fredrick Leliman to death, the second accused received 30 years behind bars, The third accused, will serve 24 years in prison while the police informer was sentenced to 20 years.
“First accused is sentenced to death in each of the three counts, the second accused is sentenced to thirty years imprisonment, the third accused is sentenced to 24 years imprisonment and the fourth accused is sentenced to twenty years imprisonment.”
The court stated that it put into consideration that Sylvia wanjiku was the youngest in the group and a junior at the time of the crime.
The bodies of the three men were found stashed in gunny bags in Ol Donyo Sabuk, Machakos County, on July 1, 2016.
They had been dumped in River Athi and were found more than a week after the men were reported missing.
Evidence on analysis of the officers’ mobile phones and communication gadgets given by the National Police Service locked them at the scene of the killing in Mlolongo.
Kimani was defending Mwenda who had accused Leliman of shooting him for no apparent reason in 2015.
In her ruling, Justice Jessie Lesit said the officers contemplated for three hours on whether to kill the victims on June 23, 2016, a contemplation that she said indicated malicious motive.