Kisumu: Two in court for allegedly killing Form Two student

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 6 Jun, 2022 17:36 | 2 mins read
Kevin Odhiambo and Benard Osumba appear before Kisumu court for alleged murder. PHOTO/Viola Kasome
Kevin Odhiambo and Benard Osumba appear before Kisumu court for alleged murder. PHOTO/Viola Kasome

Two men were on Monday arraigned before a Kisumu court for the murder of a form two student.

The duo identified as Kevin Odhiambo and Benard Osumba are alleged to have committed the crime on May 26 at 8 pm and ended the life of Tonny Gordon Obera who is a form two student at Kisumu day secondary School.

They appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Chrispine Oruo but failed to take a plea after the investigative officer handling the matter requested 14 days to conduct investigations.

In an affidavit filed in court by Brian Kariuki, the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in charge of Kondele, he told the court that the murder incident was reported at Gita police station.

The respondents were arrested at Kajulu East Location on June 2 after being accused of causing the death of Tonny Gordon Obera using crude weapons before lynching the motorcycle he was using.

He said that they needed to conduct an identification parade being that there are crucial eyewitnesses who needed to carefully identify them hence requesting the court to grant him 14 days to conduct investigations.

"Holding them in custody will secure their lives since members of the public are baying for their blood," he said.

He added, "I am therefore asking this honourable court to grant me time to conduct investigations and also pray that the court remands the duo at Kondele police station."

On his side, the lawyer who represented the accused persons said argued that they are not flight risks.

He further stated that the second accused person had a sick mother and two children who he was taking care of since he is the sole breadwinner in his family.

He argued that the offence was bailable and asked the court to release them on bond terms.

He asked the investigation officer to tell them the date and venue where the identification parade will be conducted, promising that the suspects will not interfere with witnesses.

"We humbly ask this court to release the suspects on bail terms and also avail them for the identification parade," he said.

On his side, the magistrate declined to release the duo on bond terms and granted the investigation officer 10 days to complete his investigations.

Oruo further ruled that the accused person be remanded at Kondele police station for the 10 days as they wait for their fate.

"If there is enough evidence, you shall be charged with murder," he said.

The case will come up for mention on June 15.

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