Friday September 20, 2019-A self-confessed killer on Thursday shocked the court after he revealed how the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) promised him money in exchange for a false testimony in a murder case.
Reports stated that Ngira Karisa Charo claimed to have recorded the confession of a Nairobi businessman's murder. He had been killed over a Ksh9 million debt.
“I was threatened in order to record the confession and tell lies that I shared with the court. It is not true that we killed the victim as I had earlier testified,” he told Mombasa Resident Judge Erick Ogola.
Charo had been charged alongside Makonde Ruwa Buni and Eddlied Mandi Jilani with the murder of Issack Kassim alias Sokoro, which happened on March 8, 2018, along Mombasa-Malindi Road.
The suspect was promised that the prosecution would be lenient if he testified against his colleagues.
Things, however, went south after he was handed a heavy sentence despite his deal.
“The plea bargain agreement was forced on me so whatever confession I made about this case is not true. I thought I would be set free but I ended up being jailed, which is contrary to our agreement. I did not kill anyone,” the witness stated.
Charo insisted he did not physically write any statement and that whatever was presented in court was written by the police.
“Police wrote the second statement on my behalf. Furthermore, I don’t know how to read and write so I am not aware of the content of the statement that I was forced to sign and accept as my testimony,” he pleaded.
With the fresh revelation by the suspect, Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Alloys Kemo demanded that the eight-year-jail term imposed on him be set aside and that he be charged with murder.
The Kenyan DAILY POST