Suspects in Omwenga murder case to face two fresh charges

By Sheila Mutua On Thu, 10 Sep, 2020 14:15 | < 1 min read
Robert Bodo
Murder suspect Robert Bodo in a Nairobi court on September 10, 2020. PHOTO | SHEILA MUTUA

Businessman Chris Obure and his co-accused in the murder Kevin Omwenga are set to face additional charges over the firearm used in the killing.

However, the businessman was not presented in court to plead to the new charges as his lawyer said that he was taken to Riruta Hospital to take a Covid-19 test.

On Wednesday, September 9, Obure and his co-accused Robert Ouko Bodo pleaded not guilty to the killing of Kevin Omwega in Kilimani, Nairobi.

According to the charge sheet presented in court, Obure is to be charged with two criminal counts — failing to secure a firearm and ammunition.

Particulars of the offence are that on August 21, 2020, while at Senteu Plaza in Glo-jet offices and being a licenced firearm holder, Obure unlawfully allowed his firearm to be used by Robert Bodo to advance the cause of murder.

Meanwhile, his bodyguard Robert Bodo who appeared in court but did not plead to charges is facing two more counts for being in possession of a firearm without a certificate and being in possession of ammunition without a licence.

On Wednesday, Justice Mumbi Ngugi directed that Obure to be taken for testing after the defence informed the court that he had exhibited Covid-19 related symptoms.

On the new charges, Nairobi Magistrate Sinkiyian Tobiko agreed with the application and deferred the plea to Friday, September 11, when Obure will be availed in court.

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