The Nakumatt manager Abdul Kairo who shot dead an innocent casual worker at the supermarket chain headquarters in Nairobi, according to police, has been charged with murder after passing a mental test.
He had been taken to the Mathare Hospital to undergo the preliminary procedure for murder suspects and doctors have since declared him fit to stand trial.
Camera shy Abdul Kairo who played hide and sneak with mainstream photographers before our snoop finally managed to pin the pictures you see in this post, denied fatally shooting Stephen Wafula Musumbi, 23, on November 10 2015, twice in the chest under unclear circumstances.
Justice Jessie Lessit ordered the suspect detained till July 27 2017 when a probation report will be file din court to precede a determination on whether he qualifies to be release don bond.
Police believe Kairo used unnecessary force, considering that he aimed at the late Wafula’s chest and and fired two bullets.
Justice Jessie Lessit had ealier directed the suspect be taken for a mental assessment at the Mathare Hospital, Nairobi and be detained at the Industrial Area police station.
A detective told Justicenow.co.ke the suspect is being charged after investigations revealed that he could have used excessive force.
Apparent self defence
Nakumatt head of security Michael Ndung’u was reported in the media having told police the deceased who appeared to be mentally disturbed started chasing his colleagues while armed with a panga and a spade.
The deceased is said to have attacked Kairo who shot him at point blank range in apparent self defence.
Trail of bloody murders
However, some witnesses told police the manager was not attacked as he walked from his office to where Musumbi was.
A police ruled out a theory that he shot to immobilize the armed “innocent” casual laborer.
Police said there is no evidence to show the suspect fired a warning shot as earlier claimed. Initial reports had indicated that Kairo allegedly shot in the air once to scare the deceased.
He then shot him twice on the left side of his junior’s chest.
The suspect is a licensed firearm holder. His Berreta pistol loaded with nine bullets was confiscated for the case.
Detectives took two spent cartridges found at the scene for ballistic examination.
Nakumatt has been smudged with a trail of bloody murders lately
In May 2015 a Nakumatt manager James Karanja Mwangi was shot dead inside his car by three people on a motorcycle who are believed to have been hit men after he unearthed a scam involving suppliers and managers at the premises.