Mirema shooting: Alleged mastermind set free over lack of evidence

Dennis Karani Gachoki when he appeared in court on May 24, 2022.

Dennis Karani Gachoki when he appeared in court on May 24, 2022.

Photo credit: Dennis Onsongo | Nation Media Group

A court  has discharged Denis Karani Gachoki, the man accused  of the Mirema  daylight  shooting to death of suspected fraudster Samuel Mugoh Mugota

Mr Gachoki was freed by Milimani principal magistrate Carolyne Muthoni Njagi.

He has also been cleared the murder  charge.

Mr Gachoki, who had been in the police custody for two weeks as the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) finalized investigations, will remain in custody for another two weeks.

DCI will, however, continue with their forensic probe into the matter.

"The respondent has been cooperative and has given us easy time during the entire period of the investigation,so I'm  requesting  the miscellaneous  file be closed, for we have  not found  any evidence linking the Mr Gachoki to the murder" the investigating officer told the court.

The accused person will however  remain in police  custody after he was charged  yesterday at  the Makadara  law court for allegedly committing felony

Mr Gachoki was charged on June 7, 2022,  jointly with others not before the court of drugging David Kaikai then stealing Sh564,647 from different his  banks accounts among other valuables.

"Based on the remand order  by Makadara  law court, we are requesting  that the accused  person  remain in custody," the investigation officer added.

Two weeks ago, the court heard Mr Gachoki, drove the killer to and from the scene in Mirema Drive, Kasarani, Nairobi using a private car that speedily drove off after the shooting incident.

“We urge court to take judicial notice of the video clip circulating online where the gunman is seen running towards a waiting car. The Respondent (Gachoki) is the person who was behind the car,” said Corporal Kapario Lekakeny.

The clip shows the car trailing the victim. It shows a lone gunman firing six bullets at close range towards Mugotah, who was driving a Honda CRV vehicle, before running to a waiting saloon car on an adjacent road.

The investigator made the disclosure while urging court to allow police to detain Mr Gachoki for 14 days so that detectives can complete the investigations in the murder incident that occurred last week.

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