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Police officer in court over tout’s murder

A police officer suspected of shooting dead a tout at Roysambu stage was on Friday taken to court but no charge was preferred.

Instead, police were granted seven days to continue detaining Mr Stephen Bunnet at Kasarani police station in order to complete investigations.

Police constable Bunnet is suspected to have shot Mr Julius Njuguna on Tuesday night.

The death of the tout sparked protests from matatu crew who barricaded parts of Thika superhighway on Wednesday morning causing traffic snarl up.

Police constable Bunnet is suspected to have shot Mr Julius Njuguna on Tuesday night. PHOTO|PHILIP MUYANGA
Police constable Bunnet is suspected to have shot Mr Julius Njuguna on Tuesday night. PHOTO|PHILIP MUYANGA

Senior principal prosecuting counsel Catherine Mwaniki told the court that investigations being carried out are incomplete and would require more time to be concluded.

“Police also require more time for the post mortem to be conducted, record more statements to verify information received, take the officer for mental assessment and receive a ballistics experts report,” said Ms Mwaniki.

Relying on an affidavit of Sergeant Peter Njoroge who is one of the investigation officers, the prosecuting counsel said the suspect was summoned on January 28 to the police station where he was disarmed and arrested.

“On January 28, the OCS Kasarani police station received a report indicating that Julius Njuguna had been shot and succumbed to the fatal injuries while at Roysambu stage,” said Mr Njoroge in his affidavit.

Mr Njoroge further stated that in the course of their investigation they received reliable information that Mr Bunnet was responsible for the gunshot wounds.
Ms Lady Justice Lydia Achode directed the matter to be mentioned on February 10.