The Member of Parliament-elect for Kimilili Constituency Didmus Barasa will today take a plea at the Kakamega High Court for the gruesome murder of Brian Olunga.
MP Barsa is accused of shooting and killing Olunga on August 8, 2022, at Chebukwabi in Kimilili, Bungoma county, western Kenya, in unclear circumstances.
Olunga had been hired as a bodyguard to Brian Khaemba, who was also vying for the Kimilili parliamentary seat.
In an incident that drew national outrage, the legislator then went into hiding and resurfaced days later, following a directive issued by the Director General of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti that he surrenders within six hours.
"A specialized team of detectives drawn from the Homicide branch, Digital and Cybercrime and the Forensic Crime Scene Investigations units have since conducted comprehensive investigations and placed Hon Barasa at the scene of the murder," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Similarly, ballistic experts based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory linked Barasa's firearm to the fatal shot that took away Olunga's life.
This followed a report issued by the ballistic experts after the investigating team forwarded Barasa's Glock Pistol, a cartridge retrieved from the scene and bullet fragments to the ballistic lab for forensic analysis. The report noted that the recovered cartridge was fired by the Glock pistol issued to the lawmaker.
Further, a postmortem report by the government pathologist opined that the cause of death was severe head injury occasioned by a gunshot wound. The autopsy also retrieved bullet fragments from the deceased's brain.
To deliver justice to the family of the victim, detectives have, in their cause of investigations, consolidated an avalanche of evidence that irrefutably links the suspect to the murder most foul.
Barasa is now facing murder charges contrary to section 203, as read with section 204 of the penal code.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.