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MAN LINKED TO MIREMA SHOOTING TO BE HELD FOR TWO WEEKS.

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BY IRENE ONYANGO.

 A Nairobi court has allowed the police to detain a key suspect in the murder of Samuel Mugota Mugota who was shot dead on Mirema Drive a few days ago.

Milimani senior resident magistrate Caroline Muthoni allowed police to detain Denis Karani Gachoki for 14 days pending conclusion of investigation into the murder that was captured on CCTV.

Police officers attached at Kasarani police station said they are still analyzing numerous numbers used by Karani to ascertain whether he is linked with the murder and possibly lead to the arrest of his accomplices.

The court heard that Karani was a flight risk for failing to present himself immediately to the police, even after learning that he was wanted by the police through the DCI Facebook wall on May 20.

The man presented himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters at Mazingira House on Monday accompanied by his lawyer. He denied reports linking him to the murder and said he was in Nakuru when the shooting happened.

The DCI through police corporal Kapario Lekakeny told the court that the alleged offence occurred on May 16, at around 1350hrs at Mirema in Kasarani Sub County.

The police claim that Karani together with Mugota and others yet to be arrested operated an elaborate stupefying syndicate and the murder is attributed to a deal gone sour.

Despite him surrendering, Karani failed to produce his mobile phone which is believed to possess vital information that would assist the investigators, therefore the investigating officer requested time to travel to Nakuru and Mombasa to collect further evidence.

“The respondent has no fixed has no fixed place of aboard, he is believed to reside in Kiambu, Nakuru and Mombasa and I require time to identify his places to recover the firearm and other dangerous weapons suspected to be in one of the houses,” Corporal Kapario said.



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