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Willie Kimani’s murder case adjourned as lawyer Cliff Ombeta contracts COVID-19

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Lawyer Willie Kimani’s murder case was on Monday adjourned after lawyer Cliff Ombeta tested positive for COVID-19.

The hearing was pushed to Tuesday, with justice Jessie Lessit directing that Ombeta sends his official COVID-19 results to court on Tuesday.

Ombeta is the defense lawyer representing Fredrick Leliman and Stephen Cheburet, the first and second accused persons in the murder case.

The court was told that Ombeta came into contact with a client in Malindi who also tested positive and currently admitted in hospital. He tested for the virus on Sunday and his results came in this morning.

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This is not the first time the case is being adjourned. In October, the hearing of the case was adjourned after one of the accused (Cheburet) contracted the novel virus.

He was unable to follow the case virtually from Kamiti Maximum Prison where he is been remanded, because he was undergoing COVID-19 treatment.

 Administration Police (AP) officers Fredrick Leliman, Sylvia Wanjiru and Leonard Mwangi and police informer Peter Ngugi are the other accused persons.

Bodies found dumbed in a river

On June 30, 2016, lawyer Kimani, one of his clients Josphat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were found dead on the banks of River Oldonyo Sabuk, 73 km north-east of Nairobi.

The three had gone missing on June 23, after a court appointment at the Mavoko Law Court.

It was suspected that the three had been abducted by AP officers. The slain lawyer was representing Mwenda in a case against a police officer accused of corruption.

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