FAILED TO APPEAR IN COURT

Mathari ordered to produce suspect in Sh130m fraud

Psychiatric hospital says suspect not fit to stand trial

In Summary

• Kiambu senior principal magistrate Stellah Atambo issued the orders after the accused, Joy Wangari Kamau alias Patricia Mereka, failed to appear in court.

• A Mathari hospital representative has already tabled a report saying she is not fit to stand trial.

Patients at the Mathari Mental Hospital.
MATHARI: Patients at the Mathari Mental Hospital.
Image: FILE

A magistrate has ordered Mathari Mental Hospital to produce a woman facing multiple fraud charges over fake procurement of laptops linked to State House and other government departments. 

Kiambu senior principal magistrate Stellah Atambo issued the orders after the accused, Joy Wangari Kamau alias Patricia Mereka, failed to appear in court.

Atambo directed that she be produced on December 11.

Wangari has been at the Mathari for psychiatric assessment. The hospital is expected also report her mental condition to determine whether she is fit to plead to the consolidated fraud charges against her.

The hospital's representative Dr Ng'ang'a  tabled a medical report indicating she was not fit to stand trial.

The magistrate had on November 19 ordered the accused remanded at the hospital for a mental examination.

Earlier the court was informed that Wangari had been an out-patient at the hospital since September 20 last year.

Wangari is accused of defrauding Charles Ng’ang’a of Sh40 million and another Sh96 million in separate places by claiming she was in a position to award him a tender to supply a military surveillance system. She faces other counts of falsely presenting herself as a State House employee.

Wangari is also accused of conspiring to steal 120 HP laptops valued at Sh96 million from the same complainant by means of fake tender.

(Edited by V. Graham)