Family cries for justice after their son died in police custody

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 20 Jan, 2022 18:56 | 2 mins read
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A family of a 29-year-old man in Bondo, Siaya County is demanding justice after their kin died in police custody.

Vitalis Okinda is alleged to have died at Bondo Police station where he had been detained.

He had gone for his motorbike which had been confiscated by the police at Bondo Sub-County Hospital compound where he had reportedly parked it to receive the Covid-19 jab.

The family had wanted their son to be charged in Bondo Court instead of giving out Ksh40,000 that the police were demanding.

Speaking to K24 Digital, Vitalis’ mother Mrs Okinda said when the postmortem was done in the presence of officers from the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) the results showed he had internal bleeding in the head which was caused by some beating.

She said he had injuries all over his body and so they are questioning what the police said. The police said he was sick.

She accused the officers of hiding some information from them.

“We don’t understand what the police explained to us.

"They are not very clear about what happened. Officers from IPOA came and we recorded a statement and they witnessed the postmortem.

"He had injuries all over his body and he had internal bleeding in the head which led to his death,” the mother explained.

She says the doctors at Bondo Sub-County Hospital told them that her son was brought to the hospital past midnight and that he was already dead and was taken directly to the morgue.

“When he was taken to the hospital, he was already dead and they refused to admit him hence was taken to the morgue. The mortuary attendant told us that he was brought past midnight,” she added.

At the time of publishing this article, we had not received a comment from the police in the matter as they had not responded to our calls and messages.