Machakos Priest Murder Saga: Suspects fail to take plea

Three suspects accused of murder as defined by Section 203 Penal Code failed to take plea after it was put off for 21 days. The reason for this postponement is to allow the prosecution to conclude investigations.

Michael Muthini, Kavivya Mwangangi and Solomon Mutava are accused of involvement in the murder of Fr. Michael Maingi Kyengo on October 7, 2019.

Counsel Guantai Kirimi -appearing on behalf of two suspects- and Alphonse Mbindyo -appearing on behalf of the other suspect- also asserted that their clients were not prepared enough for plea taking.

The reason for the objection of plea taking by the advocates for the accused is that the prosecution had failed to present to them letter of recommendation from the office of the DPP as required.

Nonetheless ,Leah Mate -State Counsel- requested the judge to allow plea taking to occur despite the shortcoming. However, the judge averred that the case was premature for plea taking.

In her ruling Embu High Court Judge, Lady Justice Musyemi directed the plea taking to be postponed for three weeks in order to give prosecution time to not only conclude their investigation but also furnish the defense with necessary documents for the case.

She also directed that the accused be released on bond of Ksh 300,000 and a surety of similar amount.

The case will be mentioned on December 16, 2019.

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