Suspects in Machakos priest murder yet to take plea

Friday, November 29th, 2019 00:00 |
Solomon Mutava, Kavivya Mwangangi and Michael Muthini at the Embu High Court on Wednesday. Photo/PD/Brian Musyoka

Brian Musyoka

Suspects in the murder of a Machakos Catholic priest will remain in custody for 21 more days before taking plea as prosecution concludes investigations.

Before Embu High Court judge Florence Muchemi, lawyer Guantai Kirimi, representing Michael Muthini and Kavivya Mwangangi and lawyer, Alphonce Mbindyo, for Solomon Mutava, said their clients were not ready for plea taking.

The two claimed the prosecution had failed to present letter of recommendation from office of Director of Public Prosecutions for charging the accused as required, which was not disputed by the prosecution.

Justice Muchemi directed the plea taking be postponed for three weeks to give prosecution time to conclude their investigation and furnish the defence with necessary case documents.

Leah Mate, State Counsel, had requested the judge to allow plea taking despite the shortcoming, citing the time spent by the suspect in remand, however, Justice Muchemi said the case was premature for plea taking.

Justice Muchemi directed the accused be released on bond of Sh300,000 each and a surety of similar amount and be presented in court on December 16.

Muthini, Mwangangi and Mutava are alleged to have taken part in the murder of Michael Maingi Kyengo on October 7.

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