Retired Commissioner of Police, Michael Mbugua, along with two accomplices, Christopher Njau Mbugua and Charles Kinyanjui Mbugua, appeared before Justice Kanyi Kimondo on charges of killing a farmhand. The farm hand, George Njui, was accused of stealing a wire mesh valued at Ksh.1,000. The incident is reported to have occurred on the 23rd of December last year at Riruta in Dagoretti, Nairobi County.
All three defendants pleaded not guilty during the court proceedings. The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) opposed their release on bail, citing the reluctance of key witnesses to participate in the case due to fear of reprisals from Michael Mbugua, who recently retired from the Administration Police Service.
The court is set to make a ruling on whether to grant bail on February 21 of this year.
The offence allegedly took place at the residence of the first accused, Michael Mbugua, who is not only the biological father to the second accused, Christopher Njau Mbugua but also a foster parent to the third accused, Charles Kinyanjui Mbugua.
Furthermore, the investigating officer revealed that Mbugua had tampered with CCTV footage capturing the events of the fateful day at his home.
“Investigations from the DCI Photographic section have since established that the CCTV footage, as installed at the home of the first accused and which captured the commission of the said offence, was tampered with before it was retrieved to aid in investigations,” according to court documents.
“A review of the CCTV footage has now revealed that ONLY the events of the day of the incident 23rd December 2023 were conveniently deleted before they were surrendered to the investigators.”