Court orders lawyer Assa Nyakundi be detained at Muthaiga Police Station


Court orders lawyer Assa Nyakundi be detained at Muthaiga Police Station
File image of Lawyer Assa Nyakundi Kibagedi. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • While issuing the directive on Thursday, Chief Magistrate Heston Nyaga granted the police more time since the suspect has been in hospital for six weeks.
  • The new Investigating Officer, Oliver Nabonywe, had requested for a day to be able to get Nyakundi's finger prints, visit the scene of crime and interrogate him further on the matter.
  • The lawyer, who was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, is now expected to be presented in court on Friday April 26, 2019, at noon.

Lawyer Assa Nyakundi who is suspected of shooting and killing his son last month will be detained at Muthaiga Police Station until Friday, April 26.

While issuing the directive on Thursday, Chief Magistrate Heston Nyaga granted police more time to finalise their case since the accused has been in hospital for six weeks.

“Since the matter is of public interest, I allow the prosecution’s application to complete their investigations,” ruled Magistrate Nyaga.

The new Investigating Officer, Oliver Nabonywe, had requested for a day to be able to get Nyakundi’s finger prints, visit the scene of crime and interrogate him further on the matter.

The lawyer, who was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, is now expected to be presented in court on Friday at noon.

Lawyer Nyakundi told police he shot his 29-year-old son Joseph Nyakundi on March 17, 2019 near his house in Muthaiga North.

The accused earlier told police he was trying to holster his firearm while in the car when he accidentally fired, shooting his son in the chest.

However, an autopsy report conducted on the deceased’s body revealed that he could have been shot from outside the vehicle and not inside as the lawyer claimed.

According to the autopsy report, which was released on March 21, the cause of death was chest injuries and haemorrhage due to gunshot from a low velocity firearm.

“The shot projection from the chest exiting at the back suggested that whoever shot him was standing outside the rear right back door of motor vehicle KCE 753B Toyota Axio which belongs to the father of deceased,” read the report in part as seen by Citizen Digital.

“The angle of shooting according to the projection could be ninety degrees, suggesting there was a confrontation.”

The deceased was buried on April 2 at the Lang’ata Cemetery.

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