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Killer Cop Rashid Ahmed Plea Deferred Again, Judge To Read File

Killer Cop Rashid Ahmed

A high court in Nairobi deferred once again the planned murder plea taking of Eastleigh cop Rashid Ahmed.

Rashid is facing two counts of murder for the death of two boys in Eastleigh five years ago

Duty judge Justice Diana Mochache said on March 22 she deferred the plea to allow her to go through the file before she gives directions on plea taking.

The file was transferred to her court by Justice Kanyi Kimondo who is away on leave, officials said.

Mochache said Wednesday she had just seen the film and needed time to go through the file to see pending issues before giving any directions.

She has also extended the police bond issued to Rashid by the Muthaiga police station.

The case will now be mentioned on March 29 for directions on how the matter will proceed

Rashid’s lawyer Danstan Omari told the court that there is a pending application challenging jurisdiction of the court to take a plea and that should be disposed of with before the plea is taken.

State Counsel Gikui Gichuhi said the plea should be taken first then the other issues to come later even as the court ruled status quo be maintained as it retires to read the file.

Mochache has assured parties including victims that Justice will be served on all parties.

The plea-taking of sergeant Rashid had been adjourned to February 9 and then to March 3.

This is after the prosecution said there was no mental assessment report before the court.

In a virtual session, Rashid appeared before the court and said he was in Garissa attending to a family issue.

Rashid is both popular and unpopular in Eastleigh and Mathare, Nairobi over his modus operandi of addressing various forms of crime.

He had managed to contain crime levels in the area during which some locals complained he applied extra-judicial means.

In one of the incidents, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority concluded the investigation into Jamal Mohamed and Mohamed Dahir Kheri’s death following a shooting at Eastleigh, Nairobi County on March 31, 2017.

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