Five police officers accused of murdering Caleb Espino, a Mombasa tout, have denied committing the crime.

It has taken three years for the officers to be arraigned.

Police officers Khalif Abdulahi Sigat, James Muli Koti, Joseph Odhiambo Sirawa, Edward Kong Onchonga, and Nelson Nkanae took a plea on September 20, 2021.

Espino died on September 17, 2018, at Changamwe police station.

Witnesses said police assaulted the conductor, and an autopsy revealed he died from multiple wounds.

The accused are at Nairobi Remand Prison. Milimani High Court will October 12, 2021, give direction on their bail application hearing.

Duty judge Grace Nzioka handled the plea.

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has lined up 15 witnesses.

A two-day hearing commences on December 6, 2021.

Espino died of multiple injuries on the head, an upper cervical spine of the neck and chest, an autopsy showed. There was a fracture due to blunt force trauma, bleeding within the brain, and injury to the upper spinal cord.

Pathologists saw bleeding into both sides of the lungs and the back. A rib on Espino’s left chest had a fracture. There was also a tear within one of his lungs.

MUHURI and the Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU) are watching brief on behalf of Epino’s family.

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