Mental Assessment Report: Lawrence Warunge ‘Karura Killer’ Fit To Stand Trial

by Lawyer Alex
Lawrence Warunge the Karura killer

Lawrence Warunge, the university student accused of killing both his parents, his brother, cousin and a mason in Karura area of Kiambu County is of sound mind according to a mental assessment conducted on him.

This means that the 22-year-old, together with his girlfriend Sarah Muthomi who was also assessed and found to be of sound mind on Thursday, will face murder charges.

Warunge, who is reported to have confessed claiming he single-handedly took the lives of his victims, is expected to be charged.

If he pleads guilty and confirms his confession before a court of law, he will be reminded of the consequences of his admission before a ruling date is set.

Warunge previously told police officers that he got inspiration to commit the cold-blooded killings from ‘Killing Eve’ – a British dark thriller.

He confessed that he chose to eliminate the four members of his nuclear family because they were talking ill of him behind his back.

He told detectives that he had initially planned to kill everyone including his two surviving sisters who are in school, but his plans were foiled when the two returned to school on December 5.

While appearing to borrow a leaf from Villanelle- the villain and psychopathic assassin in the British show- Warunge descended upon his family members without remorse, killing them one by one before hitting the road to destroy evidence.

The four family members were buried on Saturday at their home.

Meanwhile,

The driver of a motor vehicle which was intercepted at a roadblock along the Muranga – Nairobi road while ferrying suspected Ethiopian immigrants has been released on one million shillings bond by a Kiambu Court.

Abdi Mohammed Abubakar had been arraigned before a Kiambu law court last week for trafficking contrary to section 3(1) (a) as read with section 3(5) of the counter trafficking in persons ACT NO.8 of 2020.

He appeared before Kiambu Chief Magistrate Ms. Stella Atambo and pleaded not guilty to the offense. The court however deferred his bond application to allow police to interrogate some of the foreigners with a view of enlisting some of them to be prosecution witnesses so as to fast track the case.

At their initial appearance in court, the accused was identified as the truck driver by one of the victims who also identified the black Salon Car on which some were aboard.

The witness who was one of the 21 victims continued to explain the dreadful experience of how he found himself in court in a foreign country.

He said that he is 17 years old and is a standard 6 student back in his country, and goes to the catholic church. He  came to Kenya as he was promised a job by his cousin who communicated to him through phone and lived in South Africa.

The cousin then told him to proceed to Moyale, where he met with a man he couldnt identify, they then crossed the border on foot and walked in the forest for 3 days and 3 nights without food.

At that time they were 7 boys. It was later that a car came and they were arrested on the way. At the time of arrest he did not have any identification document, the court heard.

The second witness Chakibu Bakara corroborated the dreadful experience before the magistrate but for his case, he says they crossed the border by a car and after  the forest, they used a bodaboda for a day while en-route for greener pastures.

The person he did not identify then got them in a vehicle and took the 7 of them to a house. Chikabu said they didn’t have the freedom to move out of the house which is big and had one room. He further added that they showered in the same room and were not allowed to leave.

It was then that they were rescued from the said house. The chief magistrate released the suspect Abubakar with a cash bail of 1 million or a surety of a similar amount. The case will be mentioned on 29th January and the hearing of the case will be on May 11th, 2021.

The Ethiopian nationals will be repatriated to their home soon after the whole documentation process is complete.


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