The prosecution wants a court to revoke the bond terms of a police officer who has been charged with murder after investigations showed he was the last person to be seen with the key witness before he was found dead.
The lifeless body of Albert Wekesa, boda boda rider, was found on May 22, 2022, on the Dongo Kundu road in Kwale County, by his colleagues.
Investigations by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) have revealed that Police Constable Yunus Athuman was the last known person to be seen with Wekesa.
Based on this revelation, the authority and the prosecution now wants Mr Athuman’s bond of Sh500,000 revoked, saying his freedom is a threat to other witnesses.
“It would be in the interest of justice that bond be revoked in this case, considering the seriousness of the offence and the latest development in the matter because his freedom is a threat to other witnesses,” said Ipoa.
Through the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Ipoa has told the court that Mr Athuman is a threat to witnesses and hence should be locked up until evidence of the witnesses are taken.
“The suspect is a police officer with ways and means easily accessible to trace and locate witnesses,” the court heard.
Ipoa further said that Mr Athuman is a serving officer and lives within the area that the incident happened and knows where the witnesses live.
The DPP has also urged the court that should it decide to release the suspect on bond, it should do so after all the witnesses have testified.
Ipoa traces the chain of events to September 10, 2018.
On that day, according to Ipoa, Mr Athuman went to Mr Mbarak Maitha Omar’s home, allegedly, to arrest him.
Accompanying him was Wekesa and a Mr Mohamed Kassim. Wekesa was the boda boda rider who took the two to Mr Omar’s home in Mtongwe, Likoni.
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