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I saw accused shoot man, weeping lawyer tells court

A lawyer wept in court on Thursday  as she recounted how a man accused of killing a relative of Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua during a robbery accosted her outside her compound.

Ms Monica Wanjiru said she was the first victim of the three man gang that killed Mr Daniel Kyalo Mwanzo on March 21, 2013 at Golden Gate in South B.

She was giving evidence during the trial of Mr Daniel Kihungi Njeri, alias Daddy, who is charged with attempted robbery and killing  Mr  Mwanzo at Golden Gate, South B.

She said the gunmen commandeered her car before getting involved in an accident and later shot Mr Mwanzo dead as she watched.

“I was returning home from work at around 6pm and I was about to drive into my compound when three men attacked me at the gate,” she said.

The thugs, she said , were all armed with pistols and were banging on the sides of her car before one of them yanked a side door open and ordered her to the back seat but she refused and was punched on the nose.

She said her phone was snatched and a gang-member went for the car key which was still lodged in the ignition chamber.

“I managed to escape…I saw them start the car and attempt to speed off, but it rolled in the middle of the road and they all got out,” the witness said.

Ms Wanjiru said a white car approached and the thugs tried to stop it, but the driver sped off shortly before a Range Rover appeared and the driver slowed down. “The men pointed guns at the driver and told him to stop,” the witness said. She said she heard gunshots and saw the vehicle accelerate before it hit a wall.

The witness said she identified Mr Kihungi in a parade and also in court yesterday. Hearing continues.