Doctor intern murder: Scene of crime was tempered with

It has emerged that the puzzle over the killing of Dr Laban Kiptoo inside the Nakuru Teaching and Referral Hospital can be unraveled by establishing who tampered with footage captured by security cameras at the scene of crime.

The body of Dr Kiptoo, who was attached to the hospital’s Margaret Kenyatta Mother Baby maternity wing was discovered in a trench by the hospital’s security guard last Saturday.

Investigations into the death have taken a twist after it emerged crucial CCTV captured near the scene of crime was tampered with.

Yesterday, the hospital’s senior management revealed that cameras at Nakuru Teaching and Referral Hospital were functional when the incident happened.

Medical superintendent Dr James Waweru confirmed to Nation that CCTV cameras at the facility were operational that Friday night before the body was found the next day.

Dr Kiptoo was on duty on Friday.

However, he said that detectives investigating the murder have been unable to retrieve the CCTV footage recording that had been interfered when they were asked to produce it.

“Our CCTV cameras were active that Friday night but an unknown individual tampered with the memory card. We do not know how and why. We are yet to establish that .We are in the process of repairing all the CCTVs cameras in the facility,” said Dr Waweru.

To date, there has been no clue from either investigators or relatives on who could have killed the medic. Police have so far questioned 10 people on the bizarre murder.

Even though, questions regarding the killing have refused to go away.

To what extent could the surveillance cameras in Rift Valley’s largest referral facility help identify the killers or who could have dumped Dr Kiptoo’s body in the hospital?

Also, if the footage was tampered with, who accessed the hospital’s control rooms and interfered with the recording?

Meanwhile, follow-ups by Nation retraced his last movement where he was last seen alive in an entertainment joint in London along Nakuru- Kabarnet road on Friday night before his lifeless body was found dead kilometers away.

An exclusive CCTV footage obtained by Nation shows Dr Kiptoo who was dressed in a black and white striped shirt, black trouser, black jacket and spectacles walking in with another person at 11pm.

The duo then joins two other revelers in one of the tables.

After greetings, Dr Kiptoo is seen conversing with the other three men, before the club bouncer walks and taps the deceased and the friend on his right hand side, requesting them to lower their voices.

After the bouncer leaves, Dr Kiptoo keeps scrolling his phone. One of them leaves, and Dr Kiptoo remains behind with the other two unknown men inside the club.

The video footage shows a visibly drunk Dr Kiptoo who was struggling to stand and is later seen showing his friend his phone before continuing to scroll it.

He later bids the men goodbye but they pull him back and is seen whispering to one of them before eventually leaving the premises alone.

A waiter said he paid a Sh2, 500 bill before the surveillance cameras captured him leaving the club’s entrance alone.

 “He was on his phone throughout. He left two of his drinking mates friends at the club, they followed him but the two came back and continued having their drinks and left thereafter,” said the worker.

A reveler who was at the club at the time said that Kiptoo who was seemingly drunk boarded a motorcycle saying that his destination was at the hospital parting with Sh100.

A postmortem conducted by government pathologist Titus Ngulungu on Sunday revealed that he died from manual strangulation as injuries were found on his neck, head, abdomen, wrists, and lips, ruling out the possibility of drowning, as he was discovered in a trench.

In a press briefing on Wednesday, Governor Susan Kihika said that the county government of Nakuru will be working closely with an investigative team to ensure that the family gets justice.

“We are trying to get to the bottom of what happened, our priority is justice for our doctor. We are working closely with the investigative officers to ensure that no stone is left unturned. We are also looking to see if there are any weak points and what we need to do to ensure they are handled properly so that this sort of thing may never happen or befall our patients or staff in future,” she said.

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