A man suspected of killing a five-year-old boy over the weekend in Murang’a has been arrested.
Paul Njuguna Njoroge on Thursday appeared before Resident Magistrate Ms Sheila Nyaga who ordered him to be placed under police custody for eight days.
Mr Abdallah Ali, a detective investigating the case, made an application seeking to have the suspect detained for 10 days to enable police complete investigations.
In the application, the detective informed the court that the suspect was yet to provide information as he was arrested on Wednesday evening.
He added that the suspect during the period will be taken for mental assessment, to establish if he was fit to stand for a murder trial.
“The suspect is under investigations that on April 7 in Ndutumi village he slashed to death a minor using a panga. Since he is under investigations on murder there is a need for ample time to enable completion of investigations,” Ali told the court in the application.
The suspect was arrested from his hideout in Gatanga sub-county by the police who were pursuing him since Sunday morning.
The suspect, on Saturday night, gained access into a room where he slashed Collins Waweru and his cousin were sleeping.
At the scene of the murder, the police recovered a cap, an identity card and blood strained panga believed to have been left behind by the suspect as he escaped.
Mother to the deceased was not at home at the time of the incident.
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