The murder case involving six Embu-based police officers implicated in the brutal death of the Kianjokoma brothers has taken a new turn after their lawyer, Danstan Omari bowed out of the case when they needed him most over undisclosed reasons.
The six officers identified as Benson Mputhia, Consolata Kariuki, Nicholas Cheruyoit, Martin Wanyama, Lilian Chemuna and James Mwaniki were set to take plea today but that session has been deferred to give them time to procure the services of another lawyer.
Justice Daniel Ogembo said it was important that the suspects are represented and in this case the lawyers have withdrawn.
“So I will allow this request by the suspects to get new lawyers. I will not allow them to be remanded at Industrial Area because it will make it hard for them to get advocates,” he said.
The six have however been given an alternative of being assigned state lawyers by the deputy registrar if at all they will experience difficulties to hire there own.
The suspects will now be remanded at Capitol Hill police station for ease of getting legal help as opposed to when they were in Industrial area police station.
Earlier, only five cops turned up in court after one of the police officers was said to be unwell.
Through their lawyer Danstan Omari – who has since withdrawn – the court was informed that one of them – Kariuki, the second accused – was unwell.