Nakuru lawyer charged with the murder of missing Belgian woman

Lawyer John Gakinya at Milimani Law Courts where he pleaded not guilty to murder

A Nakuru based lawyer suspected to be involved in the murder of a missing Belgian businesswoman has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

John Gakinya is accused of killing Dysseller Mireille Lesoipa alias Leila between 11th December 2018 and July 2019 jointly with others, not before the court. He appeared before Justice Daniel Ogembo.

Mireille went missing early last year and Gakinya is the second person to be arrested.

The other suspect, Lucy Waithera who is an alleged beneficiary of the Belgian’s estate and a close friend was arrested and is suspected to have been involved in her disappearance.

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Waithera, through lawyer Gakinya, filed a succession case in a Nakuru court to have access to the deceased person’s estate.

Prior to that, she is alleged to have produced a fake death certificate to Mireille’s lawyer that was equally filed in court.

However, Waithera is yet to plead to charge with murder since her mental assessment report has not been availed in court.

Even as the accused persons are produced in court, Mireille’s body is yet to be found.

The court ordered that she be taken for the psych evaluation in early February but to date, the state is yet to do whereas Gakinya, who was produced in court on Monday 9th has already been evaluated and charged.

Her lawyer Cliff Ombeta had told the court that the state would fail to take his client for the mental assessment. The judge directed that Waithera matter be mentioned on Thursday 12 while the lawyer’s matter be mentioned on Monday 16th when he will formally apply for bail.