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MP Sankok to face charges over son’s controversial death

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By Judith Gicobi

David Sankok, nominated Member of Parliament, is facing charges of improper firearm storage.

Sankok is expected to face charges from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for violating the legislation on firearm handling as a licensed gun owner.

On Friday, May 13, a second postmortem performed by state pathologist Johansen Oduor on the body of 15-year-old Hillary Memusi Sankok revealed that he may have shot himself.

According to reports, a forensic pathology on Memusi revealed different findings than the autopsy performed at Longisa Hospital in Bomet on May 3, a day after his death.

The bullet entered Memusi’s skull from the left side, just above the ear, and exited from the right side, according to Oduor and Samuel Nyoguto, the chief of the DCI’s Homicide Department.

“The shot-gun is also 69cm long and it is shorter than the boy’s left hand and this, therefore, shows it is possible he may have shot himself. However, we cannot rule out the possibility that he was shot by someone else.”

“His hand has been dusted, and the debris will be subjected to investigations. If the boy shot himself, the gun should have left some traces of powder,” investigators stated.

Officers from the Narok DCI questioned the MP about his son’s death after it was confirmed that the weapon used was his licensed firearm.

He and his son had a verbal confrontation a few hours before he was found dead, according to preliminary findings.

According to family members, the argument stemmed from the teenager’s refusal to return to school.

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