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Court orders mental test for man suspected of killing lover

By VINCENT AGOYA

A Nairobi court has allowed a man charged with killing his girlfriend in Embakasi Nyayo estate to undergo a second mental assessment before he can stand trial.

Mr Kunguru Martin Opiyo Junior has denied the murder charge read to him at the High Court.

He is accused of killing Charity Mukami Wachira on the night of December 16 and 17 at Nyayo estate Court 782 House Number 44.

The suspect reportedly surrendered to police in Kitale after the decomposing body of the 24-year-old woman was found in her house.

Prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki said there are compelling reasons why the suspect should not be released on bail. She however asked for seven days to present a comprehensive affidavit on the same.

“The accused has undergone a mental test and has been certified  fit to plead,” Ms Mwaniki told judge James Wakianga.

BODY FOUND

She said there are three reasons why Mr Opiyo should be denied bail and will present the reasons in a sworn affidavit on January 28.

The court has allowed a second mental examination to be conducted by a private doctor.

Judge Wakianga ordered the suspect detained for seven days and be escorted for the second medical examination.

He said the request for a further examination by a doctor Fred Owiti be conducted and the report be given to the state before the next mention date.

Ms Mukami’s body was found in her house almost a week after she had last communicated with her parents. Her mobile phones had been unanswered until Tuesday when her parents and neighbours found her body in a residential house in Nyayo, Embakasi.

Her body bore stab wounds and was found lying on a bed.