Cops tried to cover up cause of Njeri’s death, con­sta­ble says

Says Salim Mo­hamed, charged with mur­der­ing Njeri, hit her on the head with a G3 ri­fle, throw­ing her off a boda boda and in­flict­ing in­juries that led to her death

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ALPHONCE GARI @alphonce2011

Mpeke­toni po­lice of­fi­cers at­tempted to con­ceal the mur­der of a 22-yearold woman by their col­league, an in­ves­ti­ga­tions of­fi­cer told a court on Wed­nes­day.

Con­sta­ble Oliver Nabonwe is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of Mar­garet Njeri. He was tes­ti­fy­ing against Salim Mo­hamed, who is charged with mur­der­ing Mar­garet Njeri by hit­ting her on the head with a G3 ri­fle on Jan­uary 17 last year.

Njeri was rid­ing on a boda boda from Mpeke­toni Town­ship to Usiwa. Boda boda op­er­a­tor George Wachira de­fied orders by two po­lice of­fi­cers to stop.

“When the ac­cused [Mo­hamed] re­alised Wachira was de­fy­ing his orders, he rushed to the road and ex­tended his G3 rif­fle to stop him,” Nabonwe said.

Wachira ducked and Njeri was hit by the gun on the head and fell off the mo­tor­cy­cle onto the road. She was rushed to Mpeke­toni Sub­county Hos­pi­tal, trans­ferred to the Coast Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and later to Pandya Hos­pi­tal, where she died on March 12.

Nabonwe told Malindi res­i­dent judge Said Chitem­bwe records at the Oc­cur­rence Book in Mpeke­toni in­di­cated the death as ‘self-in­volved seri- ous ac­ci­dent’ at Siko­mani.

He said the OB report had eight names of po­lice of­fi­cers and the vic­tim. Nabonwe said a fel­low of­fi­cer, Kelvin Siko­lia, had not been in­cluded in the report, even though he was present at the crime scene. He said the scene was pho­tographed.

Nabonwe told the court he found out there was a cover-up in the OB. He said Mo­hamed and nine other po­lice of­fi­cers were on of­fi­cial pa­trol to en­force a cur­few im­posed by the gov­ern­ment.

Nabonwe said all the of­fi­cers were armed. He said some stopped and ar­rested a mo­torist, Paul Maina, who was car­ry­ing two pas­sen­gers, a mother and her daugh­ter.

/ALPHONCE GARI

Amina Yakub Shiraz (stand­ing), who was ar­rested for con­spir­ing with her Amer­i­can lover to kill her hus­band, charged in a Malindi court. She ap­peared be­fore res­i­dent judge Said Chitem­bwe and was charged with the mur­der of Jimmy Ja­ga­tram Babu­ram on July 26 last year

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