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Policewoman in Lawyer’s death set to undergo mental tests

The police constable accused to killing lawyer, Onesmus Masaku, is set to undergo mental health examinations.

Mental health and Covid tests

Nancy Njeri appeared before the Machakos High Court on Friday but she did not take plea. Instead, Deputy Registrar Evans Kihago said that she needed to undergo metal health examinations, as well as a COVID-19 test.

He also said that Njeri could take plea on November 10, when the case will be mentioned.

“The suspect can appear then for plea-taking as several matters are pending, including a postmoterm and the recording of statements.” Mr Kihago said.

Njeri will continue cooling her heels at the Machakos Police Station as she awaits for he plea taking date.

Attempted murder to murder charges

Njeri had initially been arrested on attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm after cutting off Masaku’s hands. Some sources state that Masaku had attempted to rape her, while others claim that it was because Masaku had rejected her for marriage. Indeed, there seems to have been an altercation, with police saying that Njeri had bite marks on her fingers and ears.

However, after Masaku succumbed to his injuries, LSK pushed for the charges to be raised to murder. Masaku succumbed last Sunday morning while receiving treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital. He will be buried in his village Ngonda, Kangundo, this Saturday (today).

Advocate, Andrew Makundi confirmed that he would be the lead counsel in a team of ten lawyers seeking justice for Masaku. Among them will be LSK President, Nelson Havi and Vice President, Carolyne Kamende.

Justice for Masaku

“This is to ensure that justice is done for the late advocate Masaku,” Makundi said.

Already, following the accusations, Njeri has already been suspended from the police service. This is according to Makueni Police Commander Joseph ole Napeiyan.

The saga gripped the nation since it broke out a few weeks back.

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