Lawyer Nyakundi Who Killed Son Goes Into Hiding after Haji Replaces Manslaughter Charges With Murder

Police are hunting prominent lawyer Assa Nyakundi, accused of killing his son, after he failed to attend court last Thursday.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ Special Crime are tracking down the lawyer after a court issued a warrant of arrest against him.

DCI boss George Kinoti said Nyakundi could not be traced either at his Muthaiga residence or the hotel where he used to stay in Kilimani, Nairobi.

“He has not been seen and cannot be reached on phone. Our officers are looking for him,” said Kinoti.

Nyakundi went into hiding after officers involved in initial investigations revealed that their initial recommendation was that the lawyer be charged with murder.

“The first team of detectives had recommended that the suspect be charged with murder. However, some of the evidence and exhibits were deliberately left out when the lawyer was charged with a lesser charge of manslaughter,” said another senior officer involved in the investigations.

After the lawyer was charged with a lesser charge of manslaughter in a Kiambu court, the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji wanted the manslaughter charges withdrawn.

The DCI also said the team that took over investigations intentionally bungled the probe, and as a result interdicted an Inspector of Police and a Sergeant based at the Homicide section at the DCI headquarters.

They argued that investigations ruled out accidental discharge, implying that the lawyer could have intentionally shot dead his son.

Joseph Nyakundi was shot dead on March 17 inside their family car. His father said as they were approaching their house in Muthaiga when he stopped to change the position of his Glock pistol, serial number GUZ 52, from a pouch in the car to a holster, when he accidentally discharged bullet.

Assistant DPP Catherine Mwaniki had earlier made an application asking to have Kiambu principal magistrate Teresia Nyangena withdraw from the case saying there was information that the accused person’s lawyers had made contact with the court with a view to defeating justice.

Investigations revealed that the file at Kiambu court did not include scene of crime photos, a scene of crime analysis report or a ballistics report.

Another issue that immediately raised the red flag was a Face book post by Nyakundi’s other son,  Noah Onsomu, shortly after the fatal shooting.

He termed the killing a “brutal cold-blooded murder”. However, about 20 minutes later, he edited the post to “Good bye my one and only brother.”

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