Crimes

Juvenile Nabbed in The Murder Case of Pamoja FM Journalist

Yesterday DCI detectives arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with the brutal murder of Pamoja FM journalist Hassan Marjan last week on Monday.

According to the DCI, the juvenile who was part of the gang that stabbed Marjan on the left side of his chest, was positively identified after analysis of IC3 CCTV footages.

“Following the appalling murder of 62-year-old Mohammed Hassan of Pamoja FM Radio, @DCI_Kenya Detectives today arrested a 14-yr-old juvenile positively identified after analysis of IC3 CCTV footages. In a group of four others, the suspect accosted the deceased who was heading to his place after duty at the said radio station…” DCI tweeted.

Police are still looking for three other men involved in the murder and a woman believed to have been harbouring them.

Yesterday, another suspect accused of killing Marjan, 62, was arraigned before a Milimani Law Court. Juma Hussein Mohammed will be held for nine days after the court heard that he was yet to record a statement with the police.

Police also told the court that the suspect has not been taken for a mental health assessment. Marjan’s lifeless body was found on May 4 near the Kibera Law Courts.

He was on his way home from the studio after hosting a night show on Islamic teachings on Ramadhan.

CCTV footage allegedly showed that the radio presenter was attacked by a gang of 6 at 4 am but the circumstances remain unclear.

One gang member has since been lynched by members of the public. Police have indicated that investigations into the murder are still ongoing.

Another journalist that died mysteriously was the renowned Swahili writer, Prof Ken walibora. Last month, police took over investigations into Walibora’s death which was initially reported as an accident along Landies Road, Nairobi.

But government pathologist Johansen Oduor said an autopsy exam showed that the “Siku Njema” writer had an injury on his right hand caused by sharp trauma.

The wound on the right hand was caused by a sharp trauma. When someone is hit by a vehicle, the wound is usually indicative of being hit by a blunt object. This one was sharp,” Dr Oduor said.

Police are studying CCTV footage from the Integrated Command, Control and Communication Directorate in a bid to piece together the scribe’s last moments.

Initial reports indicated that the deceased died on Friday, April 10 but it was not until Wednesday, April 15 that his body was found at the Kenyatta National Hospital morgue.

Cameras along the road are however reported to be defective, hence the police are unable to retrieve footage that would help in investigations.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that he arrived at the facility alive in an ambulance, but succumbed later after he was kept waiting for too long.

He was laid to rest at his rural home in Western Kenya.


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