Willie Kimani murder: Doctor profiles key suspects’ mental status

Key suspects in the murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani were calm and composed during mental examinations, a court heard on Wednesday.

The court learnt Senior Sergeant Fredrick Leliman is a form two dropout and led an undercover police unit comprising of five plainclothes officers.

Their job was to patrol Mlolongo area and burst criminal operations.

Leliman is charged alongside three other AP officers – Stephen Chebulet, Silvia Wanjiku and Leonard Mwangi – and informer Peter Ngugi.

They are linked to the torture and murder of Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.

Dr Kizzie Shako, who conducted a mental examination on Leliman before they were charged with the murders, said the AP officer was in fair condition, although in low moods.

“He was composed, his memory intact. He was conversant and spoke fluently in English, Kiswahili and Maasai, although he was in low moods,” Shako told the court.

Justice Jesse Lesiit also heard that Ngugi is a class eight dropout and was calm and composed when he appeared for mental examinations.


Kimani, Mwenda and Muiruri went missing shortly after attending a traffic case against Mwenda at the Mavoko law courts on June 23, 2016.

Mwenda was accused of violating traffic laws, including failing to wear protective gear and resisting arrest.

It emerged that his traffic case file was always kept under lock and key.

“It is still in the safe room to date,” said Caroline Adhiambo, a judiciary officer at the Mavoko court.

Mwenda has filed a complaint with IPOA against Leliman saying the officer shot him, took him to hospital then filed trumped up charges against him.

The prosecution said Leliman was forcing Mwenda to drop the complaint.

The hearing will continue on Wednesday.

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