Suspects in Mlolongo salonist’s murder fail to take plea

Machakos High Court has ordered for the two main suspects in the murder of Mlolongo salonist Jeniffer Mwende to undergo a medical and mental examination.

The duo Faith Nthemba and Evelyn Wanza appeared before Judge Margaret Muigai but did not take plea.

This is after their lawyer raised concerns about them having been tortured and sexually assaulted by the investigating officers.

The lawyer Musyoki Mutava said his clients had been manhandled by investigating officers and pleaded with the court to allow the two to undergo medical examination to ascertain the extent of the injuries.

The judge said the two would undergo the examinations on the 18th and appear in court for a plea on the 19th of October 2022.

“The two accused persons shall be taken to Machakos level five hospital for mental assessment on 18th October. On the same date they shall be examined on both issues, medical examination on the alleged complaints of torture, strangulation, and sexual assault while arrested and confined at Mlolongo police station,” said the judge.

“These two should be escorted to the OCS Machakos police station to make an official complaint for investigations to be conducted,” she added.

The suspects are accused of murdering Mwende last Month whose body was found in a pit latrine in the Mlolongo area of Mavoko sub-county.

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