Kiambu Murder: Lawrence Warunge Fit To Stand Trial

The confirmation follows a psychiatric report released by Mathari Mental Hospital on Tuesday, April 13 that cleared him to answer for his crimes at the Kiambu High Court.

Kiambu Murder: Lawrence Warunge Fit To Stand Trial

Lawrence Njoroge Warunge will plead to charges related to the brutal murder of his family members in Kiambu on Wednesday, April 14 after he was confirmed fit to stand trial.

In a statement by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) the confirmation follows a psychiatric report released by Mathari Mental Hospital on Tuesday, April 13 that cleared him to answer for his crimes at the Kiambu High Court.

The trial was halted again temporarily after the prosecution informed the court that Warunge was unfit to stand trial as he was still under medication.

Kiambu Chief Magistrate Patricia Gichohi, thus directed the prosecution team to release an update on the accused mental status by Monday, March 15.

The court also heard that Warunge was scheduled to visit the Mathari mental hospital in Nairobi on Friday, March 5, for a review of his mental state.

The 22-year-old, Information Technology (IT) student is currently being held at the Industrial Area Remand Prison.

A Kiambu Law Court on Tuesday, January 26, ruled that Warunge was unfit to stand trial after a psychiatrist released his mental results in the court.

The court then ordered Warunge to be remanded for a further 30 days after which a second mental assessment would be undertaken.

The magistrate further ordered Warunge to be placed in police custody in Nairobi until March 1, 2021, when the matter would have been mentioned.

Warunge confessed to killing five people among them his family members and a farmhand at Kiambaa in Kiambu County. They include his father Nicholas Njoroge Warunge, his mother Ann Wanjiku, his nephew Maxwell Njenga, his brother Christian Njenga Njoroge and farmhand James Kinyajui Wambaa.

An autopsy conducted on the bodies of all five victims released on January 11 confirmed Warunge's confession on killing the victims. Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor in the autopsy report revealed that all five victims had succumbed to multiple stab wounds highly inflicted by the same person.

Njoroge’s father and brother sustained the most injuries with the mother having her upper arms broken as she protected herself from the blows of the attacker. The farmhand, James Kinyanjui who was killed first was ambushed and had no time to defend himself.

Oduor did not rule out the chances of more than one attacker committing the crime but hinted at the possibility that Njoroge committed the murders.

He revealed during interrogations by the DCI that he was inspired by the British TV series Killing Eve.