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Wife shocked that husband is mentally unfit to stand murder trial

A murder suspect will undergo a mental test for the second time after his wife faulted one that declared him unfit to stand trial.

A psychiatrist from Mathari Mental Hospital had found Mr Peter Mwongela Kamene, alias Joshua, not fit to plead to charges. The man is a second time murder suspect.

The prosecution said that Mr Mwongela’s wife of 15 years was shocked by the doctor’s findings because she has known the suspect to be of sound mind.

“The prosecution is therefore asking the court to have the suspect remanded for further 14 days to allow a possible second mental assessment done on him. We contemplate an independent doctor to carry out the test,” a prosecutor told the court on Monday.

Mr Mwongela is suspected of killing Mr Josphat Irungu, 19, who was a cashier at his bar in Kiserian town on July 15, 2016.

For a year, he was on the run and was arrested last month in Ongata Rongai. He was arraigned in court and remanded for the 14 days to undergo a mental test to ascertain if he is fit to take plea.

The order was on Monday extended for a further 14 days.

This will be the second time Mr Mwongela is facing murder related charges. He has a case of manslaughter pending before a Kibera court.

The prosecution said a second mental test is necessary before he takes plea. Magistrate Derrick Kuto allowed the application and ordered the suspect be remanded at Ngong police station until August 15.