Garissa University terror attack convict serving life sentence has been found dead at Kamiti Maximum Prison.
According to the police report, Rashid Charles Mbereso, a Tanzanian was battling mental problems used a rope to end his life.
“He had been sentenced to life imprisonment. He committed suicide at around 1520hrs at his ward (H block) using an improvised rope from a blanket. The deceased was a psychiatrist patient and was on medication,” senior assistant inspector general of police Kennedy Aluda confirmed.
Rashid, a Tanzanian, alongside Mohamed Ali Abikar and Hassan Edin Hassan were last year found guilty of conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack in which 147 students died.
On 2 April 2015, gunmen stormed the Garissa University killing 147 people, and injuring 83. The militant group and Al-Queda offshoot Al-Shabaab which the gunmen claimed to be from, took responsibility for the attack.
The gunmen took over 700 students hostage, freeing Muslims and killing those who identified as Christians.
High Court Judge Francis Andayi ruled the prosecution had successfully proven that the three masterminded the attack.
The court found them guilty of belonging to the outlawed terrorist group Al-Shabaab and committing a terrorist attack leading to the deaths and injuries of students.
Mberesero was then given the longest term because he was arrested at the scene of the massacre and could not explain his presence there, the court was told.
By Joy Kyalo