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Dysseleer murder: Judge orders mental assessment of prime suspect

By Nancy Gitonga
Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Lucy Waithera Njuguna

A prime suspect in the murder of Belgium national Dysseleer Mireille Losaipa alias wa Samburu will now undergo a mental assessment before pleading to a murder charge.

Justice Daniel Ogembo ordered the suspect Lucy Waithera Njuguna to be escorted to Mathare Mental hospital to determine whether she is fit to stand for a murder trial.

This is after prosecution through Bernie Gichuhi applied for the accused to be detained at Langata Women Prison pending mental assessment before taking plea.

However, Waithera through lawyer Cliff Ombeta, vehemently opposed the request to have her detained longer pending a mental assessment.

Ombetta informed the court that his client has been in custody for the last 27 days which the prosecution would have used to conduct a mental assessment before preferring a murder charge against her.

He opposed to have Waithera handed over to prison authorities claiming that they will cause further delay in the exercise of mental assessment due to their administrative procedures.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) officers while seeking more time to complete investigations in to the matter informed Naivasha High court that Waitheira was a key suspects involved in the disappearance of Dysseleer early last year.

The application filed by investigating officer attached to DCI homicide division Oliver Nabonwe claims that Waitheira was arrested on February 1,2020 at her Milimani residence in Nakuru with Dysseleer's assorted bank cards and copy of death certificate No. 1600281 for her involvement into the disappearance of the missing Kenya citizen of Belgium believed to be dead.

She was also in possession of Dysseleer's original passport with immigration stamps indicating that he had traveled to India on December 12,2018 and came to Kenya on June 30,2019.

Waithera alleged that she had visited the missing Dysseleer at Janaupuri Bhagat hospital where Dysseleer had been admitted since December 2018.

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