A patient who shot a nurse dead at a private clinic in Nairobi last week will remain in police custody for 14 days.
This is after the prosecution applied to have him remanded saying that he has to undergo mental assessment before the accused takes plea.
Joseph Njoroge Mungai is accused of killing Faustine Mwadilo Mwadime on the evening of December 6 at the Chiromo Lane Medical Centre in Nairobi’s Westland’s area.
“The accused cannot be granted bail at this juncture, to remain detained for 14 days,” said the judge Jessy Lessit
Through his lawyer Cliff Ombeta, the suspect had pleaded with the court temporary freedom before he pleads to the charge of murder.
“This is a person who can be granted bail and the mentally assessment done while he’s out,” argued Ombeta
The application was however opposed by state counsel Catherine Mwaniki who asked Ombeta to formally apply for bail.
Mwaniki said that the accused must be tested before he answer to the charges adding that it is a procedure that must be followed.
“We are not saying that that he’s mentally ill but that’s the procedure he must be examined before taking plea, ”said Mwaniki
The case will be mentioned on December 27 for further directions.