3 Kamto murder suspects held 9 days for lawyer assignment

Tuesday February 5 2019

Kamto murder suspects

Julius Gitonga M'muguu, Joseph Amwayi Mukabana and Florence Mwanza Mbithe, suspects in the murder of former Kilifi Deputy Governor Kenneth Kamto, at the Shanzu Law Courts on February 4, 2019. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Three suspects linked to the murder of former Kilifi Deputy governor Kenneth Kamto will stay in police custody for another nine days.

Shanzu Senior Resident Magistrate Yusuf Shikanda issued this ruling on Tuesday after suspending their trial until an advocate is appointed.

Magistrate Shikanda noted that robbery with violence is a capital offence hence it would be an injustice for the suspects to face the trial without legal representation.

“I do not find it appropriate to proceed without Julius Gitonga and Joseph Amwayi being accorded legal representation as mandated by law," he said.

"Consequently, I suspend my determination on the application by the prosecution to deny the suspects bond."

Mr Shikanda directed that the matter be put to the attention of the pro bono committee for purposes of appointing an advocate for the two accused persons.