Government pathologist Johansen summoned over tragic death of LGBTQ activist Edwin Kipruto

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The summons are in relation to the tragic demise of renowned model and LGBTQ activist Edwin Kipruto, known by the alias Chiloba.

Johansen Oduor, the government's chief pathologist, speaking to the media at a recent event.

In a significant legal development, the High Court in Eldoret has issued summons to Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor, compelling his attendance at court sessions scheduled for January 30, 2024.

The summons are in relation to the tragic demise of renowned model and LGBTQ activist Edwin Kipruto, known by the alias Chiloba.

Justice Reuben Nyakundi is seeking detailed insights from Pathologist Johansen Oduor, specifically requesting a comprehensive post-mortem report elucidating the circumstances surrounding the demise of Chiloba. Edwin Kipruto, also referred to as Chiloba, was a final-year Interior Design and Fashion student at the University of Eldoret.

The court summons were initiated following an application presented by State Counsel Mark Mugun, who urged the court to compel the pathologist to appear and expound upon the findings documented in his post-mortem report concerning the untimely death of the University of Eldoret student.

Mugun, addressing the court, stated, “Your lordship, I pray that you issue summons to Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor to appear in court and provide a post-mortem report pertaining to the cause of death of Edwin Kipruto alias Chiloba.”

Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor is identified as a pivotal witness enlisted by the prosecution to offer testimony in the case involving the fashion designer and LGBTQ activist. Additionally summoned to provide their expertise as witnesses are professionals from Geo-mapping, scene of crime officers, and a Safaricom officer.

The court documents disclose that the pathologist conducted the postmortem examination at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, determining that Edwin Kipruto succumbed to asphyxia. According to Oduor, the gay activist met his demise as a result of suffocation caused by the deliberate covering of his nose and mouth with a piece of jeans cloth and a pair of socks. Importantly, Oduor highlighted that the decomposing body exhibited no discernible physical injuries.

Murder suspect Jactone Odhiambo during a court proceeding

The prime suspect in the case, freelance photographer Jacktone Odhiambo, has vehemently denied allegations of murdering Chiloba, asserting his innocence for the period between December 31, 2022, and January 3, 2023. The alleged crime is reported to have occurred at Noble Breeze apartment in the Chebisas area of Moiben sub-county, Uasin Gishu County.

The Judge is expected to rule on an application submitted by the accused person, Jacktone Odhiambo, seeking release on bond, with the decision scheduled for Friday.

The horrifying discovery of Chiloba’s mutilated body in a metal box along the Kipkenyo-Kaptinga road on the outskirts of Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County, shocked members of the public. During the discovery, one of his eyes had been gouged out.

The suspect, currently detained at the Eldoret GK remand prison since his arrest in January, was reportedly seen with the deceased at Tamasha Place nightclub on New Year’s Eve, preceding the subsequent finding of Chiloba’s decomposing body.

The gravity of Chiloba’s killing has garnered international attention, prompting a response from US State Department spokesperson Net Price. Price urged Kenyan authorities to conduct a meticulous and transparent investigation into the brutal murder, stating, “We urge and expect the Kenyans to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into his death. And of course, if there’s anything we can do to assist, we stand ready to do that.” This statement was reported by the Washington Blade, an LGBTQ newspaper

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