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Eldoret GK Prison under fire for failing to take suspect for mental assessment

Prison  Authorities at Eldoret GK prison were put to task by an Eldoret court for failing to take a murder suspect for

mental assessment at Mathare mental hospital as directed.

The 37-year-old man who is accused of brutally killing his fiancé following a domestic brawl in Kapsoya Estate is yet to undergo the mental test as directed by the High Court in Eldoret a month ago.

Justice  Stephen  Githinji  said delay by the Prison Authorities to take the accused persons to Mathare referral and teaching hospital in Nairobi since April was delaying justice for the suspect, David Siloba.

“It  is wrong for  the suspect  to  continue  being held  at  the GK prison when he needs urgent medical attention before standing trial for murder,” said Justice Githinji when the matter came up for mention on Tuesday.

The  Judge  said he was surprised that the Prison authorities were yet to comply with orders he gave on April 4 that the accused person be taken to Mathare hospital for mental tests to determine if he was fit to stand trial.

The  Prison officer, Jared  Juma  who appeared in court during the mention, defended the institution, saying it was only the Commissioner General of Prisons, Wycliffe  Ogalo  who could authorize the transfer of the suspect from Eldoret GK prison to Nairobi for mental tests.

“We wrote a letter to the Commissioner General in regards to the court order as the procedure demands but he is yet to respond that is why the suspect is still being held at the Eldoret GK prison,” he further explained.

The  Commissioner General is supposed to wrote back with instructions on when to transfer the suspect once a bed at the hospital has been identified for him to undergo the assessment, Juma told the court.

The  suspect allegedly killed his fiancé, Fiona Kisuya and stuffing her body in a water tank within the compound of their rental house.

He  was  reportedly  deported from US last year where he was staying with his parents over drug and criminal related offences.

The  case will come up for mention next Wednesday, May 29.

By  Kiptanui  Cherono

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