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Mirema Shooting: Police Granted Detention Of Prime Suspect, Say He Was Getaway Driver

Fridah Wangechi | 8 months ago
Dennis Karani Gachoki, the main suspect in the shooting of Samuel Mugota at the Milimani court. PHOTO: The Standard
Dennis Karani Gachoki, the main suspect in the shooting of Samuel Mugota at the Milimani court. PHOTO: The Standard

The Milimani Law Court has granted police 14-day detention of Dennis Karani Gachoki, the main suspect in the shooting of controversial businessman Samuel Mugota in Nairobi’s Mirema Drive to allow for further investigations.

This was after Karani was arraigned in court before Senior Principal Magistrate Caroline Njagi on Tuesday, May 24, where the police requested that he be held after establishing that he was the getaway driver, and not the shooter as presumed.

According to the prosecution, the video circulating online of a man shooting and killing Mugota was only "one action" which proved that the shooting was carried out by more than two people.

Investigating Officer Kapario Lekakeny attached to the Directorate of Criminal investigations in Kasarani added that the detectives needed time to travel to Mombasa, Nakuru, and Kiambu where they suspect the firearm used in the killing is hidden.

"It's in the interest of justice, the family of the deceased are still mourning and when we wanted to record their statements we were unable because they are still traumatized," Lekakeny stated.

The court also heard that after the shooting, Gachoki was in Nakuru, where he is suspected to have hidden his identification card and mobile phone.

Gachoki surrendered to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Monday, May 23 in a bid to clear his name, after his photo was circulated online by the detectives, maintaining that he never conducted any business with Mugota and that he was innocent and played no role in the murder.

He will be held at the Kasarani Police Station.

The case will be mentioned on June 8.

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