The handling of evidence in the high profile murder inquest of former Olympic Champion Samuel Wanjiru has been put into question. This is after police officers failed to present the highly anticipated CCTV footage highlighting how the marathoner died.
The footage was on CD that was to be played before the court. However, the officer was left humiliated after it turned out that the CD was a blank.
The incident caused the amusement of many during the court session. Presiding magistrate Francis Andayi put the prosecution to task on why they failed to verify the CD's content before coming to court.
"You did not check if the CD was playing before you brought it to court ?" Andayi asked.
In his defense, the officer stated that the CD was not the original copy obtained from Wanjiru's residence. He noted that he only accessed a duplicate to the original copy.
The prosecution was given two weeks to present the original copy that recorded events leading to the demise of the Olympian. The original footage is believed to be in possession of the first investigators who took over the case.
This is not the first time the prosecution has been on the wrong in presenting evidence in the case. Last year, Andayi questioned the police officers who processed the crime scene on why the photos were of poor quality. It emerged that the officers did not have digital cameras.
Wanjiru died at aged 24 years old in 2011 after allegedly falling from his Nyahururu mansion's balcony.
The inquest seeks to unravel the last moments of the star. His mother, widow, and a woman who was with him have already testified.
He allegedly fell from the balcony while chasing after his wife, who reportedly busted him in their matrimonial bed with another woman.