Micheal Oyamo who is a suspect in the murder of Sharon Otieno arraigned in court

Micheal Oyamo who is a suspect in the murder of Sharon Otieno arraigned in court

 BY CORRESPONDENT,HOMABAY,10TH SEPT 2018-Michael Oyamo, who is the suspect in the murder of university student Sharon Otieno, has appeared before a Homa Bay court.

Mr Oyamo was dragged into the courtroom by more than five officers.

He appeared before  Resident Magistrate Lester Simiyu  even as mobs that gathered outside the court bayed for his blood.

Went silence

The suspect remained silence even as court proceedings  went on for the better part of the morning.

Efforts by the magistrate to have him speak and maybe raise any concerns bore no fruit as he remained silent just gazing at the court officials.

During the Monday session, the prosecution, led by Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Tom Imbali, sought to extend Mr Oyamo’s lock-up until Monday to enable detectives wrap up their investigations.

The case, they said, is complicated and they need more time to analyse data and DNA samples they extracted from the suspect.

However  defence lawyers Neville Amollo, June Ashioya, Rogers Miisai opposed the request, saying the the court was being treated to fresh applications on a matter that was argued and a ruling made last week.

They argued that the prosecution has had enough time to conduct investigations, and that the prosecution did not give compelling reasons why Mr Oyamo should be kept in custody for longer.

They asked the magistrate to reject the application and grant Mr Oyamo freedom.

They stated  that the investigators violated rights of the accused by extracting DNA samples illegally.

The defence also challenged the jurisdiction of the magistrate court to hear the murder case, saying only High Court is fit to handle the matter.

The magistrate  adjourned the case to 1pm awaiting the ruling.

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