Bail for 3 nurses, staff linked to mur­der of KNH can­cer pa­tient

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries & Judiciary -

Three nurses and a sup­port em­ployee linked to the grue­some mur­der of a can­cer pa­tient at Keny­atta National Hos­pi­tal have been re­leased on Sh300,000 bail each.

Priscilla Wair­imu, God­frey Muri­ithi, Rose­mary Nkonge and Mary Muthoni were also or­dered to re­port to Kil­i­mani po­lice sta­tion ev­ery two weeks.

On the night of Novem­ber 28 last year, Cos­mas Mu­tunga, 42, was found mur­dered in his bed. He had stab wounds to the chest and an eye was gouged out.

The ac­cused will not be al­lowed to en­ter the hos­pi­tal to avoid in­ter­fer­ing with wit­nesses, in­clud­ing their col­leagues and pa­tients, Jus­tice Jessie Le­siit said.

Direc­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tions Ke­ri­ako To­biko had op­posed bail.

He told court the four ac­cused are likely to ab­scond and in­ter­fere with wit­nesses.

As­sis­tant Di­rec­tors of Public Pros­e­cu­tions Cather­ine Mwaniki and Dun­can Ondimu urged Le­siit to con­sider the na­ture of the cap­i­tal of­fence and the strength of the pros­e­cu­tion’s case.

The four ac­cused, through lawyer Cliff Om­beta, said they have a right to bail.

Om­beta said the state has not given com­pelling rea­sons to war­rant a de­nial of bail.

Mu­tun­gawas ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal’s Ward 8C on Novem­ber 8 and was found mur­dered in his hos­pi­tal bed.

When the four were ar­rested, hun­dreds of their col­leagues boy­cotted work and held demon­stra­tions out­side the Mil­i­mani law court to de­mand their re­lease. They also threat­ened to hold na­tion­wide protests.

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