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Three suspects in food poisoning deaths to be detained for 14 days

A Kabarnet Magistrate’s Court has ruled that three suspects accused of lacing food with poison resulting in the death of three farm workers in Baringo South  on Friday, be detained for 14 days to allow police conclude investigations.

The  suspects, Paul Kinywa Naituri, Evans Oyugi Ongechi and Nelson Letite could not take plea as prosecution counsel, Joseck Abwajo and investigating Officer Naboth Otieno successfully requested the court for two weeks to complete investigations and also wait results of the postmortem and the food samples from Government chemist.

The accused are said to be supervisors in the farm where the casual workers ate githeri, suspected to have been laced with poison. They appeared before Resident Magistrate, Vienna Amboko.

The  accused will be charged with murder following the incident that occurred in the farm of Francis Eric Otieno at Marti village, Meisori sub location in Marigat Sub County.

The court heard from the investigating officer, Naboth Otieno that 19 people fell ill after consuming poisoned food on the farm and some are still hospitalized in Baringo county referral hospital and Mediheal hospital in Eldoret.

He identified the three dead victims as Lemono Pahapa, Ismael Chesang and Francis Lekwaro.

The suspects who had no legal representation did not object to the prosecution’s request to detain them for two weeks with Ms. Amboko directing that they be remanded at Marigat police station until December 30 when the case will mentioned.

By  Sheila Cheruiyot/Joshua Kibet

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