Crime officer says he documented crime scenes in murder of lawyer kimani

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents accompanied Kenyan detectives to assess the scene where a lawyer and his two associates were killed. 

Abel Onyapidi, a crime scene officer, also told the court on Monday that he identified and took pictures of the bodies of lawyer Willie Kimani, Joseph Muiruri and Josphat Mwenda at the mortuary on July 4 last year.

The following day, investigation officers from the Homicide Unit took him to an open field in Syokimau, which was considered to be the murder scene.

Mr Onyapidi took photographs of the scene in the company of FBI officers, Justice Jessie Lesiit heard.

"I also took the photos of one of the suspects' houses in Mlolongo for documentation of exhibits recovered as the officers conducted their investigations," he testified.

Missing occupants

The three bodies were recovered from Ol Donyo Sabuk River two days earlier and identified as those of the missing occupants of the car (Reg No. KBX 126C) he had documented in Tigoni earlier.

"On Monday, July 4, 2016, I was called by the investigation officers from the homicide team who told me to accompany them to Kenyatta National Hospital and help them document an autopsy on three bodies," said Onyapidi.

"At the morgue, I documented the autopsy on all three bodies of male adults, namely Willie Kimani, Josphat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri.

Mr Muiruri was the taxi driver of the car that the lawyer had hired take him to and from the court in Mlolongo.

He added that two other vehicles had been detained at Mlolongo Police Station, one belonging to the suspect and the other to the police, which he also documented.

The officer produced a summary of 150 photographs he took of various scenes of crime on different dates and places, from Tigoni to the DCI headquarters.