From the (right) Father Guyo Waqo Malley, Mohammed Molu Bagajo, Adan Ibrahim Mohammed, Mahati Ali Halake and Diqa Wario Mohammed who was acquitted at the Milimani Law Courts during the ruling of their murder case. Five of them were found guilty of conspiring and executing the killing of the Italian Catholic bishop in the Isiolo diocese
BY SAM ALFAN.
A Nairobi court has sentenced to death a Catholic priest and his four co-accused for the murder of Bishop Luigi Locati nine years ago in Isiolo.
Justice Ochieng sentenced the five accused today after he found them guilty of conspiring to kill catholic Bishop Luigi Locati a decade ago.
Six suspects have been accused of killing Bishop Luigi Locati 9 years ago. All witnesses in the case testified and lawyers made their submissions. The bishop was killed on July 14, 2005 in the Isiolo diocese.
However, the judge stopped the execution of the sentence until the suspects’ appeal is heard and determined.This is after lawyers made and application seeking to stay justice Ochieng to give the accused time to move to appellate court to challenge his decision to sentence them to death.
Justice Ochieng acquitted Diqa Wario. He said Wario was not involved in the plot despite the fact that the gun used in the crime had been obtained from him and he was not found on the scene of crime despite his gun being used in the murder of the bishop.
The judge further added that Wario had been given Sh3, 000 by Father Guyo who informed him that the gun was to be used to hunt ostriches and the money found after the sale of ostriches will be shared among them.
The high court judge on Tuesday ruled that Father r Guyo Waqo Malley, Mohammed Molu Bagajo, Adan Ibrahim Mohammed, Mahati Ali Halake and Diqa Wario Mohammed were guilty of conspiring and executing the killing of the Italian Catholic bishop in the Isiolo diocese.
Father Guyo Waqo Malley, Mohammed Molu Bagajo, Aden Ibrahim Mohamed, Mahati Ali Halake, Diqa Wario and Roba Balla Bariche were charged in 2005 with the death of Locati. During the trial, investigating Officer Mohamed Amin said two men tried to kill Locati for a Sh10, 000 rewards.
Amin said he established that there was a sour relationship between Father Guyo and Locati. The bishop gave instructions that Guyo should stop soliciting for donor funds.
The judge said Father Guyo played a key role in the elimination of the bishop by providing Sh50, 000 to finance the plan and the acquisition of the G3 rifle as well as ferrying the other four men to the bishop’s residence.
Father Guyo told the court that the Sh42, 000 he withdrew from a bank was meant for desks.
The five accused will wait to know their fate after the appellate court makes it decision.
The five accused were give chance to appeal high court decision that found them guilty and sentenced them to death.