Just a week after his release following the expiration of 21-day detention, Omar Lali, the boyfriend of deceased Keroche breweries heiress Tecra Muigai, might soon be set for more tribulations if emerging reports are anything to go by.
Through the Saturday Nation, Omar Lali’s lawyer Yusuf Abubakar has accused the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives of intentionally dragging their feet in the case, saying that the days the police sought from the court to conclude their inquiries were more than enough and they ought to have concluded their investigations.
Yusuf noted that when the results of Tecra’s post-mortem conducted by Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor were released, prosecutors requested more days to conduct further tests of potential toxins – something which could have been done within the time they had been given by the court.
The post-mortem exam conducted on May 12 at Nairobi’s Lee Funeral Home showed that the injuries were consistent with a fall down a staircase with her death specifically caused by injuries she suffered on the left side of her head.
The lawyer is convinced the delay in charging Omar was deliberate and fearful that even more might be discreetly cooking in the background.
“The police are not doing independent investigations. There are three teams of officers doing investigations into a single case. Officers from the Coast could not be given the job; it had to be officers from Nairobi. This should tell you that something is cooking.” – Omar Lali’s Lawyer Yusuf Abubakar.
Yusuf adds that police are yet to share the post-mortem results with the suspect’s defense team, claiming that they gave the lame excuse that doing so “would jeopardize investigations.”
This, he says is completely unfair, since his client has always cooperated with the law enforcement officers throughout the case.
Police, however, insist that Mr Lali has a case to answer, with sources privy to the investigations tipping on their plans to charge him with murder.
The detectives are convinced that Omar Lali pushed Tecra to her death, with stories that there was an argument between them before she fell, which lawyer Yusuf has vehemently denied.
Tecra reportedly fell off the stairs in a private house in Shella, Lamu Island, where she was staying with Mr. Lali.
Following her fall, Tecra was taken to a local dispensary and later airlifted to Nairobi for treatment, but she succumbed to her injuries.
On May 28, Lamu Principal Magistrate Allan Sitati declined to continue holding Mr. Lali after the expiry of the three-week detention period.
The court session held via video link saw the accused person freed on a Ksh.300,000 bond.
Earlier that month, Magistrate Sitati had allowed police to detain Lali for 21 days at the Lamu Police Station to enable police to conclude investigations into Tecra’s death.
Tecra was laid to rest on May 16, 2020, in a private ceremony at the family’s home in Naivasha.