#Sharon’sMurderProbe: Politician Remanded for two weeks as Investigations Continue

Former Kanyandoto MCA Lawrence Mula when he appeared before Kisii senior principal magistrate Nathan Lutta in connection with Sharon Otieno's murder, September 10, 2018. /ANGWENYI GICHANA

Former Kanyandoto MCA Lawrence Obonyo Mula has been remanded at Kisii police station for 14 days as police step up investigations into the death of Sharon Otieno.

The prosecution led by State counsels Emily Waegulu and Amos Otieno successfully applied to have the politician detained saying he is a link to three other suspects who are still at large. The identity of the three suspects linked to the Rongo University student’s murder was not revealed.

Senior principal magistrate Nathan Lutta granted the prosecution’s application noting that it had merit. The prosecutors said the suspect should be detained for 14 days to allow police complete investigations and for his own safety.

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Lutta directed that Mula be remanded at Kisii Central police station until September 24 when he will take a plea.

Addressing the court, the former Homa Bay MCA said he did not oppose the application but requested that he stays at the police station for fewer days.

“I’m unwell and I need to see my doctor,” he said.

The prosecutor said Mula has been adversely mentioned in the abduction and subsequent murder of the student. He was mentioned by other suspects and witnesses.

Otieno said: “He is an important person in the murder case of the slain university student.”

The suspect was arrested on Sunday and is yet to be interrogated by officers from the homicide squad. The prosecutor added that Cyber Forensic team in Nairobi is yet to analyze the suspect’s phone calls and any other data connected with him.

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“The purpose to request for more time is for the benefit of the accused. We need to bring the right charge sheet before the court. The public is also baying for his blood and we couldn’t wish that something bad happens to him. Upon getting enough evidence, he will be back to court,” the prosecutor said.

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