Court to rule on case to terminate bail stopping arrest of Mutembei murder suspects

A court is set to rule over an application to terminate the anticipatory bail order stopping the arrest of four of the six suspects in the murder of Tharaka Nithi businessman Daniel Mutembei.

This is after the Director of Public Prosecution(DPP) filed an application seeking the Chuka High Court to terminate the order days after the protests of the residents seeking the arrest of the suspects.

According to Tharaka-Nithi County DPP Felister Njeru her office had recommended the arrest and prosecution of the six murder suspects after going through the investigation file.

The DPP further told the Court that her office had filed for warrant of an arrest order for one of the suspects who are subject to anticipatory bail noting that the said suspect failed to record a statement with the Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

The DPP further called on the court to order the immediate arrest of the suspects noting that the murder of the deceased had led to a demonstration thus affecting daily activities in Chuka town.

“We are asking for the cancellation of the anticipatory bail order for the four suspects and a warrant of an arrest order for three,” said Ms Njeru.

On his side, Tito Towett suspects’ counsel challenged the application by the DPP over the cancellation of the anticipatory bail and instead sought an extension arguing that his clients were in danger.

Before Justice Lucy Gitari, the suspects’ counsel claimed to receive an anonymous call on Sunday of plans to torch Chuka Police Station if the suspects were arrested and locked there.

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