Naivasha High Court on Monday, February 22, found police officer Evas Wiyema guilty of murdering a fisherman.
Constable Evans was accussed of fatally shooting the fisherman in 2014 for allegedly stealing sheep worth Sh10,000.
The police officer is found guilty of murdering Moses Kinyanjui Wanyoike on July 27, 2014.
“Given all the foregoing circumstances and my findings, I find and hold that the accused acted with men’s rear, recklessly and in violation of the law. His actions were made all the more unacceptable by the fact that he did not report the incident but instead chose to assist in prosecuting the fishermen,” Judge Richard Mwongo ruled
“His actions do not add up and do not support the defense of self-defense. Ultimately I find the accused guilty of murder and convict him for the same.”
The case against the officer has been before the court since 2016. The officer is set to be sentenced in mid-March.
On the fateful day that Wanyoile was killed, he and two other fishermen – Douglas Tutu and Johnson Ndichu were fishing at Cresent Island, Lake Naivasha when officer Evans shot him in the head at close range.
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A day before the deceased being shot a sheep belonging to Crescent Island had been reported missing.
Officer Evans and a colleague reportedly had gone to pursue suspects who might have stolen the sheep when they sighted the three fishermen and shot at them, killing Moses on the spot.
Following the incident and in a move to get away with murder, the officer reportedly charged Johnson and Douglas with theft of a sheep worth Sh10,000.