Suspected serial killer Onyancha cleared of murder charges

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Suspected serial killer Phillip Onyancha. PHOTO/COURTESY

HIGH COURT – Suspected serial killer Phillip Onyancha has been cleared of murder charges in one of the cases he had been charged with.

The High Court in Nairobi acquitted Onyacha of the 2008 murder of Jacqueline Chepnegetich Misoi.


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Onyancha, who still has cases pending in court, was charged in 2008 with the murders of two women, Catherine Chelangat and Misoi.

Trial judge Jessy Lesit, ruled that the police did not conduct proper investigations, leading to him being freed of all charges in the case.

But Onyancha denied killing Misoi on May 30 2008, at the Mount Kenya building along Kombo Munyiri Road in Nairobi.


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Judge Lessit said the prosecution failed to follow a crucial lead and went ahead to clear him in the particular case.

All these are disheartening omissions the ones being failure to investigate a stain on the deceased door captured by the crime scene investigator, why would the police not follow this line of investigation?” the judge posed.

I am convinced that the deceased may have been murdered however there is no evidence that the accused was the author of her death,” the court ruled.

Onyancha had previously confessed to killing 19 women and children, but later denied three murder charges brought against him by the DPP’s office.


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