The High Court in Machakos has ordered that Evans Masaku Kasyoki, the man accused of killing his nephew, Eric Makau, in order to benefit from Sh9 million life insurance claim, be taken for mental examination.
Deputy Registrar R.N Kenei ordered that the accused be escorted to Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital for mental examination before taking plea.
The accused will be detained at Machakos GK Prison until September 17 when the case will be mentioned.
Kasyoki was arrested in Kasarani on Tuesday following an expose by Citizen TV.
He was taken to Kangundo Police Station before being transferred to Machakos.
His lawyer, Victor Kariuki, argued that the accused had been in contact with the police since 2014 when the alleged murder happened and is therefore not a flight risk.
"The accused has been in contact with investigating agents. This offence is alleged to have occurred in March 2014. Since that time the accused has been in formal employment and has not changed his mobile contact, "Mr Kariuki said.
He said that Kasyoki had been given a cash bail of Sh50,000 and an inquiry file had been opened at Kangundo Police Station.
REPORT TO POLICE
The accused was supposed to report to the station on August 22 for further directions but the case took a different turn when a relative of the accused brought it to the attention of media.
"A relative of the accused contacted him and asked to meet with him around Kenyatta Avenue. When she met him she started screaming, attracting the attention of the public who wanted to lynch him," Mr Kariuki told the court.
He said that is why Kasyoki suggested they proceed to the Central Police Station.
But the prosecution opposed the application for bail saying it was premature.
"The application is premature. What we are addressing is the preliminaries before the plea," said Mr Cliff Machogu for the prosecution.
Kasyoki, who was dressed in hooded jacket, stood pensively in court while trying to avoid media attention.
He was at one time heard complaining about being photographed but was assured that it was alright for journalists to take photos.