Kilimani murder: Court orders mental assessment for Chris Obure, Robert Ouko

Kilimani murder: Court orders mental assessment for Chris Obure, Robert Ouko

Businessman Chris Obure and his bodyguard Robert Bodo Ouko were on Friday detained at Milimani for two more days pending mental assessment.

The two are in custody over the shooting and subsequent murder of Kevin Omwenga, a car dealer, in his Galana Suites apartment two weeks ago.

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

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

The two had initially sought anticipatory bail which was set aside after they were taken to Milimani Law Courts.

Lawyer PLO Lumumba for Obure told Magistrate Derick Kuto that anticipatory bail was necessary so that they can go home if they will not be charged.

The prosecution had also sought to have them held for seven more days, but the judge declined.

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 fingerprints, 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.

Omwenga was laid to rest at his Kisii home last week.


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