By Eric Winston/Guest Writer

A prosecution witness has once more recounted of the harrowing manner in which the bodies of slain lawyer Willie Kimani and two others were dumped.

Johanna Ngolia, a police officer based in Machakos county, told a trial court in Nairobi the bodies were recovered from Athi River with the heads covered with polythene bags and the upper body in a sack.

Kimani is believed to have been abducted, together with a taxi driver and a bodaboda operator, tortured and later killed before their bodies were dumped at a river bed.

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Administration Police officers Fredrick Ole Leliman alias Maasai, Leonard Mwangi, Sylvia Wanjiku and Stephen Stephen Cheburet alongside Peter Ngugi, an informer, are facing murder charges. They are accused of killing Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwendwa and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri last year.

Body floating

“We received a report from one John Mwaniki on June 23 2016 at around 3pm that he had seen a body floating in the river,” the officer told the court. He and his colleagues proceeded to the scene and found a floating body with the upper part in a sack.

The second body was a little further away from the first. They were found downstream approximately 200 meters from the Athi River bridge. Divers helped to retrieve the bodies by tying ropes around the waist and pulling them one at a time from the river.

Starting to decompose

The first body was in a black and white striped sweater while the second one was in a short sleeved shirt and a pair of khaki trousers.

They were taken to the mortuary by Sergeant Jane as the faces were starting to decompose.

The third body was recovered on July 1 2016 when officers from the Director of Criminal Investigations, Nairobi, joined the search. 

It had earlier been spotted by Davie, a diver, but it sunk back into the river.

It was enclosed in a sack and looked like luggage. The sack was opened upon retrieval and the officers discovered a male body inside with the head covered in a polythene bag. The face seemed to have sustained injuries. The body was later taken to the mortuary, the witness said.

The polythene bags used to cover the heads of the murder victims were branded Mulei Supermarket, found in Mlolongo, Machakos county.

The case has been adjourned as two other prosecution witnesses could not be present to give their testimonies because of unprecedented circumstances.

Hearing continues.