Lawrence Warunge’s mental results are finally out.
Warunge, the prime suspect in the murders of four family members in Kiambu, had his results presented by a psychiatrist before a Kiambu court.
The results established that Warunge was not fit to stand trial.
The court ordered Warunge to be remanded for a further 30 days after which a second mental assessment would be undertaken.
Chief magistrate Patricia Gichohi ordered Warunge to be held in police custody in Nairobi until March 1, 2021 when the matter will be mentioned.
The suspect’s girlfriend was released after she reached a deal to become a state witness against the university student.
Kenyan law requires that every person has a right to legal capacity which entails being in the right state of mind to understand the charges.
Warunge and Muthoni failed to take a plea in court on Monday, January 25, as had been anticipated to allow for a mental examination to be conducted.
Last week, detectives visited the home of the slain Kiambu family with the murder suspect Warunge in a bid to reconstruct the crime scene and collect more evidence.
The officers kept journalists and the public away from the home on Monday and they could be seen carrying samples to vehicles.
After spending hours at the house, the detectives got out with a handcuffed Lawrence and bundled him into a car before speeding off.
Nicholas Warunge was killed together with his wife, two children and a construction worker.
James Mburu, a resident, said that the village is still in shock over the brutal killings.
Earlier, the DCI requested the court for 14 days to complete investigations. Kiambu Chief Magistrate Stella Atambo granted the request and set hearing on January 25.
Lawrence, a university student, went missing after the gruesome murder of his parents, brother, a nephew and a mason at their Karura home in Kiambu.
Warunge, who worked as a nurse abroad is reported to have been in the country for 10 days during festivities when the killers struck.
According to detectives, the killers made their way into the house through the rear door where they found Warunge’s wife Anne Njoroge and hacked her to death before slitting her throat.
Maxwell Njenga, 13, Warunge’s nephew who celebrated his birthday on December 26 was the second victim of the assailants who was also stabbed several times before his throat was slit.
The killers did not stop; they accosted Warunge’s son Christian Njenga in his bedroom and killed him too.
Warunge who was in his bedroom upstairs escaped through the balcony, but the attackers pursued and stabbed him 34 times before slitting his throat at near the gate.
Also killed in the same style was mason James Kinyanjui who was in the home at the time of the attack.
Homicide detectives led by Martin Nyuguto are using among other leads bare footprints left at the rear door near the spot Warunge was killed to pursue the killers.