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Court orders mental evaluation for Nakumatt manager in gun drama

The deceased is said to have attacked Mr Kairo who then shot him twice at point blank. PHOTO | FILE
The deceased is said to have attacked Mr Kairo who then shot him twice at point blank. PHOTO | FILE 

A senior Nakumatt manager alleged to be responsible for shooting a colleague dead at the supermarket’s headquarters along Mombasa Road has been taken for mental examination before he answers to a murder charge.

Transport manager Abdul Kairo is reported to have fatally shot Stephen Wafula Musumbi (twice in the chest) on November 10, 2015 under unclear circumstances.

Prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki applied to have the suspect be detained for two weeks for the preliminary procedure.

Mr Kairo will return to court on July 18 to answer the capital charge.

'Unnecessary force'

Investigators believe Mr Kairo used unnecessary force, considering that he aimed at the chest of the deceased when he fired two shots.

When the suspect was arraigned before Lady Justice Jessie Lessit, she directed that the suspect be taken for a mental assessment at the Mathare Mental Hospital then be detained at the Industrial Area police station.

The retailer's head of security, Michael Ndung’u, was quoted in the media as alleging that the deceased - who appeared to be mentally disturbed - was chasing his colleagues while armed with a panga and spade.

One of the workers sustained a panga cut while the rest fled to safety.

The deceased is said to have attacked Mr Kairo who then shot him twice at point blank.

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