The handling of evidence in the high profile murder inquest of former Olympic Champion Samuel Wanjiru left an officer embarrassed in court after failing to present the highly anticipated CCTV footage highlighting how he died.
The footage was said to be on a CD and was to be played before the court. However, it turned out that the CD was blank causing the amusement of many during the court session. Presiding magistrate Francis Andayi put the prosecution to task on why they failed to verify the CD’s content before coming to court.
“You did not check if the CD was playing before you brought it to court ?” Andayi asked.
In his defense, the officer claimed that the CD was not the original copy obtained from Wanjiru’s residence. He noted that he only accessed a duplicate to the original copy. The original footage is believed to be in possession of the first investigators who took over the case.
The prosecution was given two weeks to present the original copy that recorded events leading to the demise of the Olympian.
This is not the first time the prosecution has been on the wrong in presenting evidence in the case. Last year, Andayi questioned the police officers who processed the crime scene on why the photos were of poor quality. It emerged that the officers did not have digital cameras.
Wanjiru died at aged 24 years old in 2011 after allegedly falling from his Nyahururu mansion’s balcony while chasing his wife, who reportedly found him in their matrimonial bed with a side piece.