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Lawyer Nyakundi unwell, yet to record statement on son’s death

Nyakundi initially said he accidentally shot his son near their home. Joseph was buried on Tuesday at the Lang’ata Cemetery/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – Nairobi lawyer Assa Nyakundi is yet to record a statement on the death of his son almost three weeks after the incident, an investigating officer into the case told a Makadara Court on Wednesday.

Police officer Godfrey Munene said Nyakundi is not in a stable condition to write a statement and will wait until his condition improves before they record his version of the events that led to the death of his son, Joseph.

“I visited the suspect at Nairobi Hospital, and I can confirm that he is still sick and will need more time to see if I can record his statement,” Munene said.

Nyakundi’s lawyer Sam Nyaberi also told court that his client was still under medical attention at the hospital.

“My client is unwell as his condition keeps on fluctuating. His blood pressure is high and needs to be in the hospital,”Nyaberi said.

The lawyer offered to accompany the investigating officer to the hospital to get Nyakundi’s statement.

Munene however said when he visited Nyakundi, he was incoherent and could not speak well.

Makadara Senior Principal Magistrate Angelo Kithinji directed the officer to get the suspect’s statement and return to court on April 15 to confirm the status.

Nyakundi initially said he accidentally shot his son near their home. Joseph was buried on Tuesday at the Lang’ata Cemetery.

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On March 20, Munene was directed to serve Nyakundi with an application seeking to detain him for 14 days.

He was admitted to the Nairobi Hospital after the shooting on March 17 and remains hospitalized since. He is under police guard.

In the affidavits before court, Munene says Nyakundi was arrested on March 17 and allegedly taken ill. He was temporarily released from custody and taken to Nairobi Hospital where he has been undergoing treatment.

“The deceased is his biological son and family members including his household employees are potential witnesses. We are apprehensive that if the suspect is released back to his home and normal life upon discharge from hospital, he may interfere with the witnesses who have not recorded their statements,” he told the court.

He further said other exhibits including the motor vehicle, clothing, mobile phones and DNA samples have been sent to for forensic analysis, but a report has not been received.

He said preliminary investigations indicate that Nyakundi is directly connected or otherwise involved with the death of his son.

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