Maxine Wahome hires prominent lawyer Phillip Murgor in Assad Khan murder trial
Rally driver Maxine Wahome is fit to stand trial for the death of her boyfriend Assad Khan following a successful mental examination at Mathari Mental Hospital on March 14, 2023.
Doctors at the mental facility examined her as directed by High Court judge Lilian Mutende on March 7, 2023 and certified her fit to stand trial.
Maxine, who was accompanied by her defence lawyers, at the mental facility has now engaged Phillip Murgor, a former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as his lawyer.
After the examination, the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) in Kilimani presented the report to the office of the DPP for onward transmission to the court ahead of the suspect plea taking on March 15, 2023.
Senior Counsel Phillip Murgor now join two other defence lawyers namely Steve Kimathi and Andrew Musangi who will bid to prove her innocence.
“The family of Maxine has engaged Murgor to join Kimathi and Musangi to give fresh impetus her defence for innocent, ” a family source has disclosed to the media.
Murgor has enormous experience in criminal law having successfully defended high-profile murder cases including Sarah Wairimu, the widow of business tycoon Tob Cohen whose murder case has since been withdrawn.
Maxine has meanwhile filed an application at the High Court seeking her temporary release on grounds that she is not a flight risk.
Defence lawyers Mr Kimathi and Mr Musangi say the constitution allows a court of law to free a suspect on bond ahead of plea taking unless there are compelling reasons.
Maxine was arrested on December 13, 2023 and detained at Kilimani Police station for investigations over the death of Khan following a report by the deceased family.
She is alleged to have committed offence on December 12, 2022 at Preston Court along Oloitoktok road in Kilimani sub-county within Nairobi county. She is currently being detained at DCI Kilimani.