A main suspect in the murder of Murang’a prison warder Pauline Wangari was rescued while attempting suicide and stands to be tried for the same on Monday.
The court has however ordered that he be taken through mental test first before trial.
JOSEPH OTIENO, key suspect in Murang’a prison warder’s murder charged with attempted suicide; court orders mental test before he stands trial. pic.twitter.com/JxHCqzdypp
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Muranga County Commander Josephat Kinyua said the suspect, Joseph Otieno, escorted them to the house after they obtained a search warrant.
As police conducted the search, Mr Ochieng reportedly dodged and took a knife and stabbed himself in the stomach.
“He tried to commit suicide but police saved his life. The scan shows that the stab wound is not deep. He is stable,”said Kinyua.
Mr Ochieng was arrested alongside Lodgers Namkuro and Mary Amollo in Kericho County on Thursday morning as they headed to Kisumu.
Detectives said that Mr Namkuro and Ms Amollo found themselves on the police radar since they gave the main suspect a lift to Kisumu.
“We believe the main suspect fled to Kericho and sought refuge after committing the crime in Murang’a. He asked for a lift to Kisumu since his friend and the friend’s relative were heading there,” an officer said.