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Jailbird charged afresh after second suicide attempt

A jailbird serving term for attempted suicide was on Thursday charged before a Nakuru court with attempting to kill himself a second time behind bars.

Mr Joseph Maina Ndung’u is already serving a two year sentence for attempting to kill himself.

He appeared before Chief Magistrate Josephat Kalo where he was charged with the offence for a second time.

The court heard that the convict attempted to kill himself on January 16 this year at the Nakuru GK main Prison by jumping from atop a communication mast.

He denied attempting to end his life, pleading with the court to instead allow him to be taken to hospital because his health had deteriorated.

The accused was denied bond and cash bail because he is currently serving a sentence in prison.

The court however ordered that the accused be taken to the Nakuru Level Five hospital for treatment and to be supplied with witness statements so as to prepare for his defence.

The case is expected to resume Friday for pre-trial directions and fixing of the hearing date.