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Policeman in court over death of man who called barmaid a prostitute

A police officer was arraigned in a Nairobi court on Thursday on suspicion of killing a man at Fig Tree market, in Ngara.

Corporal Joseph Wanjau, attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Gigiri, is reported to have slapped Juma Mbivithi, 51, a driver with Kaluworks, after a woman complained that he had insulted her.

Prosecution was granted five more days to detain the suspect in order to complete investigations.

The case will be mentioned on March 7, 2017 for further direction.

INSULTED

Speaking to Nairobi News on the phone, Michael Nduva, who was with the deceased, said the woman had complained to the policeman that Mr Mbivithi had insulted her by calling her a prostitute.

Corporal Wanjau stopped the duo near Fig Tree market area as they were on their way home

“We were on our way home at around 10.30pm and decided to have some nyama choma and a drink. On our way out, we were stopped by three police officers. One of the officers slapped the deceased on the cheek. He fell on the ground and hit the pavement, suffering a head injury,” Mr Nduva said.

The victim was rushed to Guru Nanak Hospital while bleeding profusely but succumbed to the injuries while undergoing treatment.

MURDER CASE

“After the incident I reported the matter to Pangani police station but they refused to take my statement because it was a murder case which involved a police officer. They referred me to Parklands police station where I recorded my statement,” he added.

Mr Nduva was accompanied by police back to the scene of crime who took pictures.

The body of the deceased was transferred to Chiromo mortuary where the family have identified the body and are awaiting a postmortem to be conducted.