By Edwin Cheserek
He allegedly refused to buy beer for some Administration Police officers and for this ‘offence’, the retired army officer had to die.
His family has been pursuing justice ever since, but it now appears justice has become too elusive for them.Witnesses say Julius Yator Kibiwott had left a nearby joint at Kapyego trading centre when he was confronted by two Administration Police officers on patrol.
The incident occurred in June last year in Marakwet East District.
When he was about to be arrested by the officers, he resisted arrest because the officers failed to disclose the offence he had committed. In the process, Yator injured one of the officers in the scuffle.
At this point, the 48-year-old former military officer was beaten senseless and injured by the officers before he was forcefully arrested.
The officers allegedly enlisted the help of two members of the public to carry him to Kapyego AP camp where a clinical officer at Kapyego Health Centre treated him.
“I could not handle his case because his condition had worsened. I instead referred him to Kapsowar Mission Hospital,” recalls Willy Kandie, a clinical officer who was called to attend to Yator.The following day, Yator’s relatives arrived at the AP camp where they hired a private car that took him to Kapsowar Mission Hospital for specialised treatment. He, however, was pronounced dead on arrival.
The body was moved to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital where a post-mortem examination was conducted by a Dr Macharia to ascertain the cause of death.The results indicated that the deceased was hit with a blunt object and died of excessive bleeding.
“I formed the opinion that the cause of death was raised intracranial pressure due to intracranial haemorrhage due to blunt force trauma to the head,” he wrote.
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