Six police officers are facing murder charges following the death of Mr Wycliffe Vincent Owuor, who was on a watch list in connection with a multimillion-shilling bank heist.
He was shot dead in Kayole, Nairobi County on March 24, 2020, roughly six months after police had arrested him over a robbery at an ATM in Nairobi West, during which Ksh 72 million was carted away.
Mr Owour had been released on bond from prison while the robbery case proceeded.
The shooting triggered an investigation by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, which unearthed the circumstances that led to his demise including, that it was occasioned by actions of police officers.
In recommendations to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Authority sought to have six officers charged with murder.
The officers, at the time attached to Kayole Police Division are; Corporals Vincent Odhiambo and Joseph Ojode, as well as Police Constables Henry Mutai, Ali Bashir Charles Kirimi and James Ngige.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, concurred with the Authority that the evidence presented in the case file is sufficient to sustain a murder trial in court.
In directing the prosecution, the ODPP noted: “Upon conclusion of IPOA investigation into the fatal shooting …at Kayole Junction area, Nairobi County, postmortem revealed deceased’s death was caused by a firearm related injury. The armoury report from Kayole Police Station shows that police officers from Kayole 8 & 4 discharged rounds of live ammunition on the fateful day.”
“You are hereby directed to arrest the aforementioned officers who are to be charged with murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the Penal Code.”