Prime suspect in Mirema shooting to be detained for 14 days

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 24 May, 2022 13:31 | 2 mins read
Dennis Karani Gachoki, the prime suspect in Mirema Drive shooting. PHOTO/Nancy Gitonga
Dennis Karani Gachoki, the prime suspect in Mirema Drive shooting. PHOTO/Nancy Gitonga

DCI boss George Kinoti now wants the man accused of killing suspected fraudster Samuel Mugoh Muvota detained for 14 days to allow completion of investigations into the murder incident that occurred last week in Mirema Drive Nairobi.

Muvota was shot six times in broad daylight by an unknown gunman on Monday last week.

The DCI has asked the court to allow the detention of the suspect identified as Dennis Karani Gachoki, for a period of two weeks at Kasarani police station since investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

In an application filed before Milimani Law Courts, the DCI through corporal Kapario Lekakeny, the investigating officer, says the State is not ready to charge him with murder since he surrendered on Monday.

"We urge the court to issue a custodial order that Karani is detained for 14 days from May 24 to June 6, 2022 at Kasarani police station in Nairobi to allow investigating officer complete investigations on a case of murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the penal code," the affidavit reads.

Kapario states that the suspect was arrested upon surrendering at DCI headquarters on Monday, May 23, 2022.

"The suspect with others not before the court is believed to have premeditated the execution of the deceased who is their accomplice in the stupefying and fraudulent scheme," Officer Kapario says.

"The suspect together with the deceased and others not before court allegedly operated an elaborate stupefying syndicate within the republic of Kenya. The murder of Mugo is attributed to a deal gone sour."

The DCI says that the investigators are still analysing the numerous phone numbers used by Karani to ascertain whether he is linked with the murder and also arrest his accomplices.

He argues that the interrogation of the suspect is likely to lead to the arrest of others involved in the murder including the gunman, who is still at large.

According to the police, Karani is also alleged to have stolen a police firearm in Kasarani by stupefying the officer and the said gun is yet to be recovered.

The DCI further states that the suspect has no fixed place of abode and is believed to reside in different places including Kiambu, Nakuru and Mombasa.

Mr Kapario said investigators require time to identify his residence to recover the stolen firearm and other dangerous weapons suspected to be in one of the houses.

"Although the suspect surrendered to the police, he failed to produce his mobile phone which is believed to possess vital information that would assist the investigators. Therefore, investigations require the time to travel to Nakuru and Mombasa to collect more evidence," Kapario said.

"Karani demonstrated to be a flight risk for failing to present himself immediately to the police even after learning that he was wanted by police through DCI Facebook wall on May 20, 2022," the officer added.