A police Inspector who is alleged to have been involved in the murder of a suspect in the Sh 72 million G4S heist will now be taken for a mental assessment test before pleading to the charges.
Inspector James Ngige is accused that on 24th March 2020 at Kayole Junction in Nairobi, jointly with others before court, murdered Wycliffe Vincent Owuor.
The other officers charged with the same are Corporals Joseph Ojode Obama and Henry Mutai, and Constables Bashir Ali and Charles Kirimi
The prosecution requested Justice Grace Nzioka the suspect to be detained at Nairobi remand for the seven days.
Inspector Ngige’s security in remand
His lawyer Danstan Omari requested the court to have his client detained at Kayole police station for security purposes.
Omari told the court that his colleagues who are at Nairobi remand are being harassed based on arrests they made under his (Ngige) leadership.
The prosecution opposed the request saying that the allegations of harassment have not been fortified in any way.
“The correct procedure if such an allegation was to be made is to summon Nairobi remand in charge on the same,” the prosecution added.
The court further heard that there are other different remand institutions such as Naivasha, Manyani, Kamiti prison where they can be transferred.
In response, Omari told Justice Nzioka that he was fighting for government officers.
“If a prosecutor, judicial officer or a judge is arrested they can not be sent to any remand because they have been sending people there.
However, the judge ruled that when a person is charged, he is no longer in the hands of the police but remand.
The judge directed the accused to be taken to Nairobi remand. She also direct the in charge Nairobi remand to ensure security measures are taken to protect him.
“In case the officer in charge finds it is not tenable to keep the accused in his institution he will move this court accordingly,” Justice Nzioka ruled.
The case will be mentioned on 21st June 2022.
The late Oduor was killed a few months after he had been released on bond after being charged with robbery with violence alongside five others.