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Man accused of killing model detained for 7 days

By Joackim Bwana | June 14th 2016 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Habimana Jaccques Ouko at the Mombasa Law Courts yesterday. He was accused of killing 26-year-old model Janet Adhiambo Asunah. (PHOTO: KELVIN KARANI/ STANDARD)

A man suspected of killing a model was yesterday detained for seven days pending investigations.

Police said they needed more time to gather forensic evidence from DNA and fingerprint analyses on the suspect and the victim, Janet Adhiambo Asunah.

Habimana Jaccques Ouko was arrested on June 10, 2016 at their home in Kizingo estate at 6pm after Ms Asunah was found dead in a house in the same estate.

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Mr Ouko was detained at Central police station.

Chief Magistrate Martin Rabera yesterday gave police seven days to complete investigations.

He said it was against the suspect’s rights to be detained for seven days yet he was arrested on Friday and produced in court but allowed the police’s request on condition that the trial would be fast.

“If a trial starts, it has to be with immediate effect. Since his arrest on Friday, you should have come with some evidence to charge him before coming up with the DNA report,” said Mr Rabera.

“The accused will be detained for seven days at central police and we should proceed to hear the matter right away.”

Goods stolen

Investigating officer Duncan Amoyo said Ouko was likely to be charged with robbery with violence and possession of narcotics.

The officer said after Ms Asunah was killed, household goods were stolen. Mr Amayo said he would have to liaise with DNA experts in Nairobi before charging Ouko. Police will entirely rely on the DNA tests to charge him.

“The family of the deceased has accused the suspect of murdering their daughter. I am conducting a wide investigation and need to investigate the suspect and record his statement,” said the officer.

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