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Suspects in Eric Oloo murder case to undergo mental test

Tuesday December 10 2019
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Victor Ogola Luta and Franklin Joel Luta in a Siaya court on December 10, 2019. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By DICKENS WASONGA

The two brothers facing charges over the death of a journalist will remain in police custody for the next eight days and undergo a mental assessment, the High Court in Siaya ruled Tuesday.

Mr Franklin Joel Luta and Mr Victor Ogola Luta are accused of beating up and killing Eric Oloo in November.

The two appeared before Judge Roseline Aburili on Tuesday but did not take a plea.

The prosecutor, Mr David Okach, asked the court to order a mental examination for the pair before trial.

Judge Aburili directed police to produce the suspects in court for plea taking on December 18.

The judge also directed the State to provide a lawyer to the suspects after they said they couldn't raise lawyers' fees.

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The body of 40-year-old correspondent with the The Star newspaper was found on a blood-soaked bed in the house of Chief Inspector Sabina Kerubo last month.

A post-mortem report showed that the journalist died after being hit with a blunt object on the head and abdomen.

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