- Police officers convicted of the murder of attorney Willie Kimani appeared before Judge Jessie Lessit for sentencing
- During the sentencing hearing, attorney Cliff Ombeta, representing key Fedrick Leliman, asked the court for leniency
- According to Ombeta, his client had been reformed after attending religious classes in custody for the past six years
Police Officer Fedrick Leliman, who is believed to be the mastermind behind the murder of attorney Willie Kimani, has asked for forgiveness.
Through his attorney, Cliff Ombeta, Leliman said he regretted the brutal 2016 killings of Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.
“Lady, for the past six years he has reflected on the events of that day. He regrets it ever happened,” Ombeta said, as reported by Citizens on Friday, December 16th
During the sentencing hearing, Ombeta judge Jesse Lessit told Leliman that he is now a religious man, having attended several religious classes during his six years in custody.
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“He has completed several religious studies while in custody, and this shows that he is on the path to reform. Madam, he is very religious now. We come to you on our knees. Let’s believe today is a forgiving day,” he added.
Leliman’s attorney further apologized to the victims’ family members, saying that in order for them to heal, they must begin to forgive.
Court postpones verdict in Willie Kimani murder case
Judge Lessit postponed the sentencing of four convicts in the gruesome murder of the trio until February 3, 2023.
The judge accused the attorneys of failing to file the submissions previously instructed. She hinted at appointing someone else to deliver the verdict on her behalf.
The prime suspects in the case are former Mlolongo police officers Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Mwangi, Stephen Cheburet and Sylvia Wanjiku.
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Willie Kimani’s family is heartbroken
In court on Friday, July 22, the families expressed somber moods as they awaited justice after six years of pacing the corridors of justice.
The lawyer’s murder sparked nationwide demonstrations by members of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).
On Friday, July 22, 2022, six years later, a court found three police officers and a whistleblower guilty of murdering the human rights lawyer, his client and their driver.
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