Syombua murder case: Laikipia Military Airbase casual worker charged


Syombua murder case: Laikipia Military Airbase casual worker charged
Collins Pamba (left) and Major Peter Mugure. PHOTO | COURTESY

A casual worker at the Laikipia Military Airbase has been charged in the Joyce Syombua murder case.

Collins Pamba, 21, denied being an accomplice in the killing of Syombua and her two children: Shanice Maua, 11, and son Prince Michael, 5.

Appearing before Justice Jairus Ngaah at the Nyeri High Court, the suspect denied the offense and applied to be released on bond.

Through lawyer Wambui Mwai, he also sought orders compelling the State to serve him with witness statements and any other documentary evidence that the prosecution intends to use against him during the trial.

State Counsel Peter Mailanyi however told the court that the prosecution will oppose the accused’s bail application.

“The case Investigating Officer will file an affidavit setting out the grounds of opposition to the bail. We also commit to provide the defense with the documents,” said Mr Mailanyi.

Justice Ngaah directed the investigation officer to file the affidavit within 14 days and demonstrate reasons on why the accused should not be released on bail.

The pretrial conference for the case will be held on January 20, 2020.

Mr Pamba was charged after undergoing the mandatory mental evaluation at the Nyeri Referral Hospital on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Major Peter Mugure, the main suspect in the case, is expected to take plea on December 20.

On Tuesday, the prosecution through Peter Mailanyi said that they were not ready to charge him without the mental assessment report.

He told the court that they need 12 more days to allow for mental assessment.

It was reported that the test did not take place on December 12 as scheduled because was no doctor available to attend to the suspect at the Nyeri Referral Hospital.

Justice Jairus Ngaah then ordered that the evaluation be undertaken before his arraignment on Friday.

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