Man accused of shooting nurse dead at Nairobi clinic locked up

Monday December 11 2017

Joseph Njoroge Mungai

Murder suspect Joseph Njoroge Mungai at Milimani Law Courts on Friday. He faces the charge of shooting a nurse at Chiromo Medical Centre on Wednesday. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MAUREEN KAKAH
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A patient who shot a nurse dead at a private clinic in Nairobi last week will remain in police custody for two more weeks.

This is after High Court judge Jessi Lesiit said that she could not allow Mr Joseph Njoroge Mungai to be freed.

THREATS

"The accused cannot be granted bail at this juncture, to remain detained for 14 days," said the judge.

Through his lawyer Cliff Ombeta, the suspect had pleaded with the court temporary freedom before he pleads to the charge of murder.

Mr Mungai is accused of killing Mr Faustine Mwadilo Mwadime on the evening of December 6 at the Chiromo Lane Medical Centre in Nairobi's Westlands area.

He was first arraigned on Friday amidst threats from the Kenya National Nurses Union over the fatal shooting.

He then requested the court to be allowed to seek medical attention.

BLOOD

The suspect is a licensed gun holder, has a mental condition and on the fateful day, he had been rushed to the medical centre by a relative.

He allegedly started shooting at the nurse minutes after refusing to surrender his guns to the hospital’s security personnel.

He allegedly insisted on keeping his gun as he was attended and called for help after the shooting.

The murder weapon, a short gun, was found on top of a table in the room.

The facility's nurse in charge found the deceased lying in a pool of blood with a gun wound on his head.

The case will be mentioned on December 27 for further directions.