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School head to face murder charge over pupil’s death

A Mombasa High Court has issued summons for the head teacher of St Augustine Preparatory School, Kesi Sarah and four others to answer to murder charges.

The five are now required to appear in court on Wednesday over the death of a pupil who was crushed by the school’s bus after they failed to turn up for the murder plea as directed by the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko (DPP). The other four are the driver of the ill-fated bus Venant Mwaliko, his assistant Charo Kazungu, the school’s mechanic Vald Mbadi and the bursar Abednego Fundi.

The summonses were issued by High court judge Dora Chepkwony and tasked the Coast regional Directorate of Criminal Investigations to ensure they reach the five suspects.

The boy was run over by the back wheels of the bus when he fell through an opening on the floor of the bus with parents and human rights activists claiming the vehicle was not roadworthy.

The summonses were issued following an application made by Assistant DPP Alexander Muteti, who informed the court that investigators had reached at a decision to charge the individuals with the offence of murder.

“Following the directive by the DPP to assist in carrying the investigations into the matter, the team has concluded its investigations and charges of murder will be preferred against the suspects,” he said.

Muteti told the court that though the DPP had directed that the suspects be arrested and arraigned in court, none had been arrested yet.

“Since we have learnt that police are yet to arrest any of the suspects despite the directive from the DPP, we decided to appear in court to apply for a notice of summons to be served to the DCI office and have the matter mentioned at a later date hoping that police will have arrested the suspects to facilitate way for plea,” he said

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