ACCUSED OF KILLING SON

Lawyer Nyakundi fails to plead to murder charge

He was expected to take a plea but court did not sit on Monday, a public holiday

In Summary

• Case will be mentioned on August 28 before duty judge for further directions.

• Nyakundi is challenging an order to take a plea issued by Justice Lessit.

The family of lawyer Assa Nyakundi who has been charged with manslaughter, now want him to be allowed back into their Muthaiga home.
The family of lawyer Assa Nyakundi who has been charged with manslaughter, now want him to be allowed back into their Muthaiga home.
Image: Stanley Njenga

Lawyer Assa Nyakundi was spared pleading to a murder charge because Monday was a public holiday. 

The lawyer was meant to take a plea but because the day was declared a public holiday to allow Muslims to celebrate Idd, the court did not sit.

However, defense lawyers appeared before High Court registrar Mukami Wachira who directed that the matter be mentioned on August 28 before the duty judge for further directions.

 

Nyakundi has since filed three applications challenging Justice Jessie Lessit's order to have him plead to the murder charge.

Last month Nyakundi's lawyers failed to block his plea taking ordered by Justice Lessit.

They appeared before Judge Ngenye Macharia who ordered him to appear before  court on August 12.

They were to argue all applications before the plea court.

Through his lawyer John Khaminwa, Nyakundi faulted Lessit for ordering him to take a plea when several applications they filed have not been heard.

The DPP is yet to withdraw the manslaughter charges against the lawayer at a Kiambu court, which is the major bone of contention.

The lawyer argues that he cannot be charged with murder when there is an active manslaughter charge that is yet to be terminated.

 

Previously, judge Lessit declined to hear the applications and directed that the matter be mentioned on August 12 for Nyakundi to take a plea.

He is expected to answer to charges of killing his son by shooting.

 The lawyer is alleged to have killed his son on March 17 in Nairobi. Nyakundi was charged with manslaughter before the Kiambu magistrate's court on April 26 and released on a cash bail of Sh300,000.