Court Grants Lawyer Fresh Plea Date As Suspect Is Hospitalised

Corridors of Justice

Duncan Ndiema, a police officer accused of Killing a 13-year-old boy Yassin Juma on 30th of March 2020 at Kiamaiko area Huruma within Nairobi County while allegedly enforcing a curfew directive will now take plea next week on Tuesday.

The suspect was expected to take plea today but lawyer Danstan Omari acting on his behalf requested the court to move the plea date to next week. In his submission, Omari informed the court that the suspect had been hospitalised after he allegedly developed COVID-19 symptoms thus was not in a position to appear before the court.

“My client developed COVID-19 disease related symptoms and is currently at Mbagathi hospital waiting for necessary tests and results,”

said Omari.

Omari added that COVID-19 is a sensitive disease and proposed that the court considers another date for plea taking.At the same time, the prosecution requested the court to issue a warrant of arrest or summons against the suspect to ensure he appears in court to plead to the charges.

The prosecution insisted that if Ndiema is indeed sick with Corona-virus, the state would facilitate his stay.

In a swift rejoinder, Judge Ogembo directed IPOA to investigate the condition of the accused person adding that notwithstanding the out come of the medical report, the police officer should appear physically or virtually next Tuesday to take plea.

“The defence should table all test records of the accused before the court,”

Ogembo directed.

According to reports, the killer-bullet hit the boy as he stood on the balcony of his family’s home with his siblings. The family of the slain boy including his mother and father were present at the court. The matter will be mentioned on June 23/2020.

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