Kevin Omwenga killing: Court orders mental assessment for Chris Obure, Robert Ouko


Kevin Omwenga killing: Court orders mental assessment for Chris Obure, Robert Ouko
Businessman Chris Obure and his aide Robert Ouko at a Nairobi court on August 25, 2020. PHOTO | CITIZEN DIGITAL

Businessman Chris Obure and his bodyguard Robert Bodo Ouko were on Friday detained for two more days over the shooting and subsequent killing of Kevin Omwenga.

Justice James Wakiaga, in his Friday ruling, directed that the two suspects be taken for mental assessment at the Mathare Mental Hospital in Nairobi during this period.

Justice Wakiaga stated that the duo will then be arraigned to face murder charges on Monday next week.

Kibera Law Courts on August 25, 2020 directed that Obure and Ouko be detained for 12 days (which expired on September 4, 2020) pending police probe over the incident.

The prosecution, in a miscellaneous application then, had sought for 14 days to detain the two suspects saying Investigating Officer Bashir Boya was yet to record statements from the key witnesses as well as take finger prints, photo profile and take the two suspects for DNA sampling for analysis by the government chemist.

“The continued detention of the two suspects is necessary for the furtherance and finalizing of the investigation. Their release could lead to further interference with the ongoing investigations,” read the miscellaneous application.

The affidavit by Bashir Boya also revealed that the firearm used in committing the said killing belongs to Chris Obure, who is not a licensed gun holder.

Robert Ouko, the main suspect in the death of businessman Kevin Omwenga, previously recorded a statement with detectives claiming that the shooting was accidental.

Ouko, who works as businessman Chris Obure’s personal body guard and is also not a licensed gun holder, denied any altercation with the deceased saying they were good friends.

According to detectives, however, the trajectory of the bullet head that is suspected to have pierced through Omwenga’s heart and hit the wall before ricocheting to his bed rules out the possibility of an accident.

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