ONE KILLED, TWO HOSPITALISED

Man detained for 14 days over sale of deadly herbal medicine

Sunguru is accused of selling deadly concoction to workers in Buruburu, claiming it was Maasai herbal mix

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Postmortem shows victim died from suspected chemical poisoning

John Sungura before the Makadara principal magistrate's court on Monday, December 2, 2019
CORNERED: John Sungura before the Makadara principal magistrate's court on Monday, December 2, 2019
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Kaskas at before Seniour Principal Magistrate Stephen Jalang'o
Kaskas at before Seniour Principal Magistrate Stephen Jalang'o
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A man suspected to be selling a killer concoction of herbal medicine has been detained for 14 days pending police investigations.

John Sungura was arraigned before Makadara principal magistrate Stephen Jalang'o on Monday. 

He was accused of selling a deadly mix of herbal medicine said to have killed one person and left three others hospitalised.

Detectives from Buruburu police station asked for more time to finalise their investigations. Sungura did not take plea.

Harrison Maina Kamau and two others are said to have drunk the deadly concoction on Wednesday last week. They were employees at Southern Comfort Lodge in Buruburu.

The medicine was sold to them by Sungura. He said it was Maasai herbal medicine.

The three started complaining of stomachache and vomiting after drinking the medicine. They were rushed by a Good Samaritan to Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital where Kamau died while undergoing treatment.

The rest are still fighting for their lives. The suspect is said to have taken off before he was arrested on Friday.

Postmortem done on Kamau body indicated he died as a result of suspected chemical poisoning.

In an affidavit before Jalan'go, investigating officer Ebrahim Ali said the suspect should not be released because he might vanish.

"Your honor we are also yet to record statements from witnesses who were on the scene. If the suspect is released, he might interfere with the investigations," Ali said.

Ali also stated that they neede time to take the suspect to a psychiatric for mental assessment. The matter will be mentioned on December 16.

 

edited by p. obuya

John Sungura before a Makadara court on Monday, December 2, 2019
CORNERED: John Sungura before a Makadara court on Monday, December 2, 2019
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