Police in Bomet on the spot as suspects kill man in cell attack

Thursday April 25 2019

Esther Nasimiyu Wanjala

Esther Nasimiyu Wanjala (right) speaks to a police officer on April 25, 2019 following the death of her son who was attacked and seriously injured in a police cell in Bomet. She appealed for justice. PHOTO | VITALIS KIMUTAI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

VITALIS KIMUTAI
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Police in Bomet County have come under sharp scrutiny following the death of a suspect who was allegedly assaulted by others facing various capital offences.

Dan Wanjala is said to have been locked up overnight at the local police cells together with murder and robbery suspects over the over Easter holiday.

He had been arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

The suspects whose number was not revealed, and who should be held in a separate cell away from petty offenders, are said to have beaten up the victim and inflicted serious injuries on him as they demanded to be told why he had deposited money at the booking office instead of carrying it to the cells.

SERIOUSLY INJURED

“When I asked him why he was looking frail and in pain, he told me that he had been beaten up and seriously injured by murder and robbery suspects who were being held in the police cells awaiting transfer to Kericho prisons,” said Ms Esther Simiyu Wanjala, the victim’s mother.