A Nairobi court has directed that the man who shot and killed a nurse will be remanded for 14 days at Industrial area prison pending a mental assessment test before pleading to the charges.
Justice Jesse Lessit ordered that Joseph Njoroge be taken for mental assessment before pleading to murder charges after the prosecution asked for more time to also investigate him.
Njoroge is accused of killing Faustine Mwandime on 6th December 2017 at the Chiromo Lane Medical Centre in Nairobi’s Westlands area.
Through lawyer Lawyer Cliff Ombetta had asked the court to grant the suspect bail as he had earlier been admitted to by a Magistrate court on 8th December.
The judge however declined to grant him bail saying that the suspect need to be taken for the mental examination.
“As far as I know in this case, the suspect has not been released on any bail and can not be granted the same by this”, Lessit ruled.
Last week Njoroge appeared before court but was taken to hospital after he said he was feeling unwell.
According to police, the accused who is a licensed civilian firearm holder went to the hospital at around 7 am to seek treatment.
He looked intoxicated when he arrived and the security guards asked him to leave the gun but he refused.
The patient had been seen by a doctor and Mwadime was in the process of admitting him when other medical staff heard a loud bang and upon cheking it out, they saw their colleague on the floor and Njoroge seated with his hands on his head.
Police allege that the suspect mishandled the firearm at the hospital where he shot nurse Mwandime after consultation.
It is said that Njoroge who is alleged to be suffering from a mental condition was to be admitted after consultation but ended up shooting Mwadime before his admission.
The deceased is alleged to have been shot in the eye and forehead.
The case will be mentioned on December 27.