, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11 – A patient accused of shooting and killing a nurse at Chiromo Lane Medical Centre last week has been remanded for two more weeks.
Trial judge Jessie Lessit ruled on Monday that the accused, Joseph Mungai Njoroge, will stay in detention until he undergoes a mental assessment – a requirement for murder suspects – to ascertain whether he can stand trial.
Lessit ruled that Mungai could not plead to the charge for causing the death of 43 year-old nurse, Faustine Mwandime since investigations are not complete.
Mungai a licensed gun holder, according to police was arrested last Thursday in Nairobi’s Westland’s area.
According to police, Mungai who has a mental condition is believed to have opened fire at the nurse who was attending to him having insisted on keeping his gun after refusing to surrender it to the hospital’s security personnel.
Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome who confirmed the incident said that the nurse was shot in the head and died instantly.
The death of the nurse sparked public outcry with a section of nurses demanding that the government should act fast and take punitive action against the facility.
The Chairman of the National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) Alfred Obengo had threatened to hold demonstrations Monday if the government failed to close the institution.
Obengo also asked the facility to fully compensate the family of the deceased for what he termed as negligence.
At the same time, the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has asked the government to come up with safety policy guidelines within health institutions that will prevent future incidents that will lead to the loss of a life like that of the nurse.
The mention for the case has been set on December 27.