“Release me on bail, I’m the only breadwinner in the family.” Prime Suspect in LGBTQ activist Edwin Murder tells Court.

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Five suspects in connection with the murder of gay activist Edwin Kiprotich Kiptoo (alias Chilov) appeared in court in Eldoret on Monday.

The five include Jackton Odiambo, the prime suspect in the murder, and three minor suspects.

Senior director Richard Odenyo gave the CID 21 days to detain a suspect to complete the investigation.

Stephen Mumba, head of Eldoret South DCI, is seeking the grant of the Court to hold the suspect, paving the way for further investigation.

Mumba told the court that he had not completed an investigation into the execution.

He confirmed that the victim lived in Nobler Breeze Apartment No. B11 in Moiben County, but told the court that several people suspected of involvement in the murder were arrested over the weekend.

As the autopsy continues, Mumba said they need 21 days to complete the investigation.

He admitted to helping several interviewees move the body from the house to the car, which he said he disposed of and is now in custody.

Police said they are currently conducting a forensic examination of the said vehicles and the house they were in.

The police also told the court that the deceased’s mobile phone was not found.

Investigators said the suspects should be kept in custody for their own safety, based on the investigation presented and active evidence.

Mumba detailed that they are afraid the victim might interfere with the investigation, and there is the risk of escape.

“They may be harmed if they are released on bail.” He added.

Meanwhile, Odiambo asked to be released on bail, saying he was the only breadwinner in the family and did not know by sight those who would appear in court with him.

Chiloba family’s attorney, Gilbert Mula, said the crime was serious and supported the DCI’s motion to arrest the suspect. The case has been set for January 2023.

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