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Murder suspect in hospital after attempted suicide

The  main suspect  on  the murder of a Prison  Wardress  on Friday  tried to commit suicide by stabbing himself in the  abdomen.

Joseph  Otieno had accompanied detectives from Murang’a to his home in Nairobi where they were going to do a house search for missing items of the wardress, Pauline  Wangari.

Otieno is said to have tried to jump from a balcony from third floor but was restrained by the police officers before he then stabbed himself  with a kitchen knife but  was rushed to a nearby health centre where he was treated with medics, saying he was out of danger.

After  witnessing the incident the mother of the suspect fainted forcing police also to rush her to hospital for treatment.

Otieno  was  today  arraigned before a Murang’a court together with his friend, Rogers Namukolo and his aunt, Mary  Amollo facing charges of killing Wangari at the  beginning of the week.

Criminal investigations officers had applied before the court to hold the suspects for 14 days so as to complete investigations, an application which was granted.

The officers also obtained a search warrant to enable them do searches at the suspects’ houses claiming some items of the deceased went missing immediately after the  murder incident.

The  Murang’a County Police Commander, Josphat  Kinyua  said some items believed to belong to the deceased were found at the home of  the main suspect.

Otieno had told police that he travelled from Kisumu to Murang’a to meet Wangari whom they knew each other through Facebook.

The  suspects are expected to appear in court on May 31, to stand trial on murder charges if the police will have completed their investigations.

By  Bernard  Munyao

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