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Lawyer appears in Court for stabbing colleague to death

Police in Eldoret town have been granted 14 days to finalise investigations to enable a lawyer suspected of stabbing his  colleague to death take plea.

The  Eldoret Chief Magistrate (CM), Charles  Obulutsa however directed that should the police complete their investigations  within four or five days, the suspect should appear in court immediately to take plea

The suspect who allegedly stabbed the colleague using a broken beer bottle was not allowed to take plea when he appeared before court on Thursday.

The prosecution had requested the court to allow the suspect, Abel Mogaka, detained for more time at Kiambaa Police Station so that the police could complete their investigations.

The  State Counsel (SC), Junet  Busienei  told the court that they were yet to record statements from key witnesses.

She said they also needed to obtain and review CCTV camera footage from the crime scene as well as take the suspect to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, MTRH for mental assessment.

The SC  also claimed that the life of the suspect was at risk if released on bail as tension was still high following the

death  of  Calvine Ngaira at Mediheal hospital where he was receiving treatment.

The prosecution reason to deny the suspects bail was however dismissed by Mogaka’s lawyer, Elijah Ayeko, saying his client had the right to be released on bond as per the provisions of the 2010 constitution.

Ms. Busienei  said they intend to amend the charge facing the suspect from causing grievous bodily harm to murder after the death of the stabbed victim.

By  Kiptanui  Cherono

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