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Nyeri ‘most wanted man’ found dead, stuffed in a sack and dumped in a dam



One of Nyeri’s most wanted robbery suspects who had surrendered to police a month ago has been found dead..

The body of John Githinji alia Mrefu was found in Karia Dam outside Nyeri Town barely two weeks after he was released from police custody.

Circumstances leading to his death remain unclear but human rights groups and his relatives are pointing fingers at the police, accusing them of involvement.

Githinji had surrendered himself alongside another robbery suspect, Josephh Kang’ethe, at the Central Region’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters on October 22.

Police are said to have been pursuing Kang’ethe alias Wakinanyu and Githinji over links to violent robberies as well as links to the outlawed Mungiki sect.

The two surrendered through human rights lobby groups Informaction and Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri), claiming their lives were in danger.

They claimed that police had been out to kill them since July following the murder of Kamakwa Location Chief Kimiti Nyuguto.

Nevertheless, they admitted to having been involved in crime in the past but maintained they had reformed.

Githinji was convicted of robbery with violence in 2000 and jailed at the Nyeri GK Prison until 2006 when he was set free.

Two years later, police profiled him as a wanted man after he allegedly attempted to hijack then Nyeri Central OCS.

Detective previously linked him to a series of robberies and organised crimes in Nyeri.

The two suspects were presented in court twice where charges of robbery with violence were preferred against Kang’ethe.

Githinji was released on grounds that police did not have any evidence to prosecute him.

On Sunday night, Githinji was reported missing with reports emerging that he had been picked up by unknown people at his shop in Nyeri Town.

According to his wife, Julia Wanjiku, the family received a call that her husband had been picked up by unknown people and taken to Nyeri Police Station.

“Someone came claiming that he owed him Sh30 and they left the shop together. He never returned,” Ms Wanjiku said.

A search for him started and after failure to locate him for three days, the family decided to file a missing person’s report on Thursday at the Nyeri Police Station.

“We came to the station in the morning and reported. An officer told us that a body had been found in a dam that morning,” a dejected Ms Wanjiku said.

The disfigured body if the father of four is said to have been found stuffed in a sack and dumped in the dam.

The family later positively the body at Nyeri County Referral Hospital (PGH) mortuary.

Following the death, questions have emerged over whether his recent arrest, release and death are a mere coincidence or if it was a plot by police to eliminate him in an extrajudicial manner.

Muhuri have called for independent investigations and demanded the arrest of top police bosses over the death.

The lobby group accused police of using unlawful techniques to eliminate suspects who had already surrendered themselves.

“Muhuri is concerned by continuous and credible reports of unlawful killings by the alleged police officers and see these as proof of the urgent need for renewed momentum behind the Kenyan security reform. We cannot remain quiet seeing civilians killed. As an organisation, Muhuri is calling on the government and the police to come open and confirm the security of the Kenyan people,” the lobby group’s chairman Khelef Khalifa said in a statement.

Police on the other hand have distanced themselves from the death of Githinji, insisting that the report came in as that of a body recovery.

Nyeri Central Divisional police boss Paul Kuria said that they are yet to settle on murder as the cause of death until a post-mortem is conducted.

“We cannot speculate until a post-mortem is done. It will be done at the convenience of the family in their presence, then investigations will follow as per procedure,” Mr Kuria said.

As far as the police boss is concerned, there is no link so far between Githinji’s death and his criminal past.

“There was no evidence to prosecute him so there was no need to continue holding him. There was no case against him even after he was released,” Mr Kuria said.


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DANGEROUS: Pilot caught sleeping in the cockpit while flying 747 passenger jet [VIDEO]



A senior chief pilot “with nearly 20 years flying experience” has been filmed sleeping in the cockpit of his passenger jet.

The man was in the China Airlines 747 while his co-pilot recorded him snoozing on the job.The embarrassing video surfaced just days after the Chinese airlines pilots ended an unprecedented seven-day strike over issues such as pilot fatigue and long working hours.

Taiwan’s flag carrier, which has its headquarters in Taoyuan International Airport, has responded to the incident saying the clip was filmed before the most recent strikes took place.The video shows the highly experienced chief officer with his eyes closed and his head down as he sits in the main seat of the cockpit.

While he is yet to be named, he is reportedly the airline’s most senior Boeing 747 pilot, with 20 years of experience flying mainly Tokyo, Okinawa, Seoul and Hong Kong routes.The chief pilot is also said to be an instructor in charge of simulations at the China Airlines Flight Training Centre.

Facing accusations including ignoring flight safety procedures, the pilot is said to have “received adequate punishment”, a statement by China Airlines said.The airline added that the video was filmed prior to the February strikes which affected roughly 20,000 passengers booked on about 100 flights.China Airlines has also suggested the co-pilot who filmed and released the video may also be punished for choosing to record the clip instead of wake his senior officer up.


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How billions broke Senator Linturi’s love



Meru Senator Mithika Linturi who is embroiled in a bitter battle with his estranged wife Maryanne Kitany, now claims she is after some of his assets, conservatively valued at Sh762 million.

Responding to the divorce and matrimonial property dispute filed by Kitany, Linturi, in an affidavit filed at Milimani Commercial Court in civil suit number 78 of 2018, stated that he was never married Kitany since he has been in a monogamous marriage with Mercy Kaimenyi Mithika since April 8, 2000.

“The application and supporting affidavit are a cloak for Kitany’s vicious and fraudulent scheme to deprive me of my rights, interests, and ownership of the company Atticon Limited and other properties. I have never celebrated a customary marriage or any other form of marriage with her,” he states.

He adds that Kitany was in a monogamous marriage with her ex-husband up to and including January 3, 2016 and hence, legally incapable of entering into marriage with him in 2015 as alleged in her affidavit.

Part of Linturi’s presentation to court is an affidavit by his daughter who claims her father introduced Kitany to her and her siblings around December 2017.“My father informed us that Kitany was a friend in distress.

My father also informed us that he had previously allowed her temporary stay at our Runda home,” her affidavit states.

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi’s Runda home. [File, Standard]

She says Kitany put on the façade of a nice, friendly and supportive guest and would in the initial days take them out for dinners and shopping.

According to her, things spiraled out of control in January this year, when Kitany found out that her daughter got a navel piercing with her help.

“She even accused me of being in possession of marijuana and orchestrated my detention at a rehabilitation centre on the pretext that I was addicted to marijuana, while her real motive was to create a wedge between my father and I,” read part of Linturi’s daughter’s affidavit.

She states that when she was released from the rehabilitation centre, Kitany warned her that she needed to ‘behave’ and refrain from sabotaging her (Kitany’s) relationship with her father.“Ever since that warning, our relationship has been incompatible, like water and oil,” she adds.

On October, 25 last year, Kitany, a former chief of staff in Deputy President William Ruto’s office, obtained orders barring Linturi from entering their Runda home where they lived together.

Source: Nairobian

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Mother gets eight years for planning to kill son, self



A 26-year-old woman has been slapped with an eight-year jail term after she pleaded guilty to attempted murder and attempted suicide.

Kakamega Chief Magistrate Bildad Ochieng’ overlooked a probation report recommending that she be put on a non-custodial sentence to enable her undergo psychological counselling.

Halima Sheillah Bwakali pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted murder against her four-year-old son who escaped death by whisker after his mother forced her to ingest diaxonal poison.

She is said to have committed the felonies on December 23, 2018 at their Kisa North home, Khwisero sub-county.

In his judgment yesterday, Magistrate Ochieng’ noted that life is paramount and it is the duty of the court to protect the lives of citizens.

“Her attempt to kill the defenseless child as well as trying to commit suicide to escape the punishment should not be taken lightly. She was expected to show care for her child, but she turned out to be his tormentor. It is only by God’s grace that the child survived the poison,” said the magistrate.

Halima also admitted committing a charge of attempted suicide after a confrontation with her mother over her (Halima’s) drinking habit.

She had on the fateful morning been involved in a quarrel with her mother, Ruth Auma, who had ordered her to vacate her house over her alcoholic behaviour

Source: Standard Media

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