The police have asked for more time to probe further, the circumstances that led to university student Sharon Otieno’s death.
The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Homa Bay was due to rule at 1 pm Monday whether Michael Oyamo, the suspect in the murder of Rongo University Student Sharon Otieno, will be held for 10 more days to allow police finalize their probe.
This follows submissions by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions which wants more time to collect and analyze DNA from Oyamo, who is Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s Personal Assistant. Counsel from the DPP’s office said during this period, they will also scrutinize phone data obtained from Oyamo. “We need about 10 days to collect and scrutinize the call data from his gadgets and also to collect DNA from him which we will look at.”
Defense lawyers, however, opposed the request saying that this will infringe on the rights of their client. They further argued that the prosecution did not make a formal application for the request and as such, it cannot be granted.
“What we are hearing from the prosecution is that they still do not have evidence to charge the accused person. If this is the case, we request that he be released on bail,” they stated. They pointed out that for such a request, the proper procedure needs to be followed.
A post-mortem conducted on Sharon’s body last week revealed that she had been strangled and stabbed eight times.
Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor explained that the fetus in Sharon’s womb was also stabbed in the head by the killers who had abducted her.
A special team of homicide detectives had been dispatched to Migori and Homa Bay to investigate the murder.
This article was first published on Capital News by Simon Ndonga.