In Summary
  • Senior Resident Magistrate Simiyu directed Home Bay police station OCS to ensure the suspect is safe.
  • Oyamo, Migori Governor Okoth Obado's personal assistant, was arrested over the murder of Sharon whose body was found dumped a thicket in Oyugis.
  • Pathologist Oduor said Ms Otieno was stabbed eight times, with one stab entering the body from the back and piercing through the abdomen, killing the seven month foetus.

Michael Oyamo, the main suspect in the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno, has been denied bail.

Homa Bay Senior Resident Magistrate Lester Simiyu on Monday ruled that Mr Oyamo should remain in police custody until tomorrow when he will be charged.

Ms Simiyu said that though Mr Oyamo has been in custody for a while now, "his freedom is not safe for social order".

The prosecution had requested to have Mr Oyamo detained for 10 more days as they conduct investigations but Ms Simiyu declined, granting them only 24 hours.

DNA SAMPLE

The defence team - consisting of Neville Amollo, Jane Ashioya and Rogers Miisai - claimed that the investigators violated Mr Oyamo's rights by extracting DNA samples illegally.

They also challenged the court's jurisdiction to determine a murder case, arguing that only the high court has such a privilege.

Further, they argued that the prosecution had enough time to gather more details on the case, and that they have not been given compelling reasons why their client should remain in custody.

But Ms Simiyu said that as per the Constitution, a suspect, after being arrested, must be brought before a court.

"So according to the Constitution the suspect is properly before me....I am the deputy registrar. And I am also in order stepping in for the duty judge who is away on leave," she said.

VISITATION ARRANGED

The Senior Resident Magistrate directed Home Bay police station officer commanding police station (OCS) to ensure the suspect is safe and not to allow members of the public near the station.

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