ODPP recommends an inquest into the matter, his lawyer Duncan Okatch says.
Popular Mugithi singer Lawrence Njuguna, also known as DJ Fatxo, was on Wednesday, May 17 cleared of murder charges in the mysterious death of the late Jeff Mwathi.
The court ordered an inquest over the lack of sufficient evidence linking him to the probe of Mwathi’s death. The application for a public inquest was made in court by the Director of Criminal Investigations that established no evidence linking DJ Fatxo to the murder.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) concurred with the decision allowing the court to set up an inquest. Fatxo’s lawyer Duncan Okatch told journalists at Milimani Law Courts that thorough investigations were conducted but no evidence was found.
The lawyer further noted that his client was subjected to a DNA test and forensic experts did not find any link to the murder.
Detectives who worked around the clock since Mwathi’s death at the home of DJ Fatxo had in April stated that there was no forensic evidence to suggest that the late interior designer was murdered.
However, Mwathi’s mother, Anne Mwathi on Monday, May 8 raised issues with the DCI over its handling of the probe on her late son.
Speaking to YouTuber Nicholas Kioko, Anne lamented that the DCI failed to deliver justice following her son’s death, despite the investigative agency forwarding its file on the probe to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for perusal before taking further action.
She insisted that her son was murdered and expressed disappointment that his death happened under the watch of someone he trusted.
“When he was murdered they did not mark the house as a crime scene to prevent people from entering.
“They determined that my son committed suicide. Although I know my child did not kill himself,” she claimed.
Anne blamed the police for not being too keen on the investigations and making arrests, further wondering why the DCI was yet to go after popular Mugithi singer Lawrence Njuguna, also known as DJ Fatxo and the people who were with Jeff the day he died.
“Why should the DCI put me through all this including exhuming the body of my son and there are no arrests?” she posed.
Additionally, she expressed her regret that Jeff’s body had to be exhumed yet the authorities could have interrogated people about the incident, faulting the sleuths’ finding that the death of the late Jeff Mwathi was still inconclusive with a possible suicide as the strongest explanation, as none of the suspects who recorded statements could be pinned to the death.
She went on to reveal that the family was yet to receive a report on the post-mortem conducted by Chief government pathologist, Johansen Oduor after Jeff’s body was exhumed.
The case has been the subject of public interest, with DCI Director Mohamed Amin ordering a fresh investigation into the matter to establish the events leading up to Mwathi’s demise.