Suspect in Sh72 million bank heist shot dead in Kayole

Bullet casing [Photo: Courtesy]

A suspect in last year's Sh72 million bank heist was on Tuesday shot dead by police during a reported robbery in Nairobi.

Wycliffe Vincent Oduor was among those on trial for the September 2019 theft at the Standard Chartered Bank in Nairobi West.

He was killed around the Kayole Junction area by detectives who said they were responding to distress calls.

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Nairobi police boss Philip Ndolo said Oduor was part of a three-man gang who were robbing members of the public when they encountered a team of Kayole detectives on patrol.

"The gang defied orders to surrender and instead engaged the officers in a shootout that left the suspect on the ground," said Mr Ndolo.

The police boss said detectives were looking for the two suspects who got away on a motorcycle, adding that a pistol and kitchen knife were recovered from the dead man who was popularly known as 'Vinii'.

Oduor was out on a Sh500,000 bail following his arraignment over the heist.

He had been charged alongside other suspects - including three police officers - with robbery with violence after allegedly robbing G4S staff of money and other items totalling Sh75.9 million. They were also charged with malicious damage to property.

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The prosecution sought to block the suspects' release on bail, saying they had firearms during the heist.