Judge Forced to Postpone Case After Lawyer Cliff Ombeta Contracts Covid-19

Willie Kimani murder case has been adjourned once again after the accused lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, tested positive for Covid-19.

The court was told on Monday, December 7 that Ombeta, who represents Fredrick Leliman and Stephen Cheburet, the first and second accused in the case, had come into contact with a client in Malindi who was admitted in hospital after testing positive for the virus.

The court also heard that Ombeta went for the test on Sunday, December 6 and he received the results today when the court was in session.

In response, Judge Jessie Lessit directed that Ombeta sends to court the official results on Tuesday, December 8.

Lawyer Willie Kimani. Photo/Courtesy

In October, the hearing of the case was once again adjourned after one of the accused Stephen Cheburet Morogo also tested positive for Covid-19.

Morogo, who was virtually linked to the court from Kamiti Maximum Prison, said he was unwell and pleaded with the judge to allow him to recuperate.

The accused persons lawyers, Cliff Ombeta and Wanjiku, urged the court to adjourn the case to enable personal attendance of the accused.

Ombeta told Justice Lessit that his client had been tested five times with all the tests turning positive for Covid-19.

“As you have heard from the accused, he needs personal attendance for his trial. Indulge him and let him undergo another test on October 22, 2020 to establish whether he has recovered,” Ombeta said.

Suspects in the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and a taxi driver, appear before a judge in a Milimani court. Photo/Courtesy

Morogo and four other accused were charged with the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and a cab driver Joseph Muiruri in 2016.

The other suspects are Police officers Fredrick Leliman, Sylvia Wanjiru and Leonard Mwangi and police informer Peter Ngugi.

The suspects are accused of kidnapping and killing of laywer Kimani and the two other victims after leaving the Mavoko Law Courts on June 23, 2016.

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