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How a Cigarette Filter and a Red Bull Can Helped Detectives Track Down Lawyer's Killers

The murder of lawyer Willie Kimani in June 2016 was the subject of an elaborate investigation by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), which eventually led to the arrest and conviction of the alleged killers. 

On June 23, 2016, Joseph Muiruri, a cab driver, Kimani, and his client Mwenda were kidnapped after leaving Machakos County's Mavoko Law Courts.

They had just left a Mavoko court hearing where Mwenda had filed a lawsuit against a police officer who had beaten him.

The three were thrown into a car, transported to the Syokimau Police Station, locked up, subsequently smuggled out, and driven to a spot where they were brutally murdered.

On June 30 and July 1, 2016, their dead bodies were discovered after being dumped in a river in Ol Donyo Sabuk after being packed up and carried there.

Three police officers—Fredrick Ole Leliman, Stephen Cheburet Morogo, Sylvia Wanjohi, and their informant, Peter Ngugi, were all found guilty of murder by the High Court last month.

Based on police radio tracking data, Lady Justice Jessie Lessit determined that Ole Leliman was the source of the killerous intent for the three.

The George Kinoti-led investigative agency describes how a cigarette butt, a sample of human feces, and an empty can of Red Bull energy drink were the main leads that helped detectives find Willy Kimani's killers in the August issue of their DCI Magazine.

The police claimed that the three items were obtained from a bush near Soweto, Mlolongo in Machakos county, where the three are alleged to have been killed.

"Detectives found the Soweto site and discovered that it was an open area with acacia trees and knee-high grass. They spoke with residents of a nearby neighborhood. It was discovered that a woman had seen a car stopped on the side of the road on that specific (tragic) night," the report states.

"With the assistance of FBI agents, the scene was secured and forensic evidence was gathered there. For analysis, all of the materials acquired have been taken. They consist of Red Bull cans, cigarette filters, and samples of human excrement from the scene where the killings are thought to have occurred.

After that, the samples were tested for DNA, and the results were compared to those of the four suspects.

An analyst at the Government Chemist Laboratories, Dr. Kimani, says that buccal swabs were taken from Ole Leliman, Morogo, Wanjohi, and Ngugi, where biological material was thought to be present in the samples taken in Soweto.

The DNA profiles created from the cigarette butts were identical to the DNA profiles created from Peter Ngugi's reference sample. According to DCI's citation of the ruling, the defense's weak point turned out to be the cigarette butt, and when combined with Ngugi's confession, the court had no choice but to find the defendants guilty.

After the three were killed, there was a nationwide uproar, and lawyers around the nation launched a protest against extrajudicial killings.

The three officers, as well as the informant, will be sentenced at a later time.

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