3 held for murder of man who 'hit on' their friend's girlfriend at funeral

The three are said to have committed the offence before fleeing to escape the angry mob.

Three boys, two are brothers, shall remain in police custody at Kabras Police Station in Kakamega County for five days as police finalise investigations into a murder case.

This is after the court grated the investigating officer time to conduct the mandatory mental assessment to establish if the suspects are fit to face trial.

Luka Nguso, Reuben Kenyatta and Titus Kenyatta are alleged to have (jointly with others not before court) murdered John Luchombo Yuko on the night of January 20 and 21.

The three are said to have committed the offence at Teresia Estate, Kakamega North District in Malava sub-county before fleeing to escape the angry mob.

The three are said to have accosted the deceased at a funeral anniversary for allegedly trying to seduce a girlfriend belonging to one of them.

Detective Jonathan Kiplagat who is investigating the matter told the court in an affidavit that the three confronted Luchombo, telling him he cannot come to ‘steal’ girlfriends in the function.

The three are alleged to have assaulted Luchombo and beat him up, leaving him for dead. The suspects are said to have gone to hide at a pastor’s house at the Pentecostal Assemblies of God, after a mob baying for their blood cornered them.

The pastor is said to have reported the matter at Kakamega Police Station where the suspects were booked.

“I need at least ten days to conduct age and mental assessment tests in respect to the three suspects. I also need to conduct a post-mortem to ascertain the actual cause of death for the deceased before the suspects can take plea,” said the investigating officer in his affidavit.

“It is for these reasons that I seek custodial orders for the three suspects to help me conclude my investigations,” said Kiplagat. Kakamega Deputy Registrar Josephine Maragia, however, ordered the suspects to be detained for five days. The matter will be mentioned on January 29.