The suspect (center) with his lawyer for Ndiema (l)

Police Officer Accused of Killing Teenager Detained

Court has detained a police officer accused of killing 13-year-old boy Yassin Juma while enforcing the ongoing curfew.

Duncan Ndiema has appeared before high court judge Luka Kimaru and denied murder charges. The officer through his lawyer Danstan Omari told the court that he is a law-abiding citizen and will co-operate with the prosecution.

“I will supply the prosecution with bail application documents by 2 PM today,” said Omari.

Ndiema has been charged with the murder of 10-year-old Yassin Moyo in Huruma early March this year. High Court Judge Daniel Ogembo had differed a plea against Ndiema after his lawyer Omari requested the court to postpone it till this week. 

“My client developedCovid-19 disease related symptoms and he is at Mbagathi hospital waiting for necessary tests and results,” added Omari. 

Omari had added that Covid-19 is a sensitive disease and he proposed that they take another date for plea taking. At the same time the prosecution had requested the court to issue a warrant of arrest or summons against the suspect to ensure he appears in court to plead to charges.

The prosecution insisted that if Ndiema is indeed sick withCorona-virus, the state will facilitate his stay. Judge Ogembo had directed IPOA to investigate the condition of the accused adding that depending on the outcome of the medial report the police officer should appear physically or virtually to take plea.

“The defense should table all the tests records of the accused before the court,” Ogembo directed. 

It is said that the bullet hit the boy as he stood on the balcony of his family’s home with his siblings. Police officers moved through the crowded neighborhood, enforcing Kenya’s coronavirus curfew.

The matter will be mentioned tomorrow. The family of the victim was also present in court including his mother and father

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