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Boyfriend Of Late Keroche Heiress Charged With Murder

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UPDATE: July 16, 2020: 4.53pm: Omar Lali, the boyfriend of the late Keroche Heiress Tecra Muigai has been set free after Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji applied to terminate court proceedings.

DPP Haji also requested for an open inquest. As a result, Lali has been discharged and set at liberty.

Omar Lali Omar, the boyfriend of the late Tecra Muigai, the daughter of Keroche Breweries owners, has been committed to a psychiatric doctor for a mental checkup before he can be tried for murder.

Lali will be evaluated by the doctors at Garissa Provincial Hospital pending his appearance at the Garsen High Court tomorrow. 

There had been reports the test would be taken at a government hospital in Malindi.

Under Kenyan law and procedures a murder suspect’s mental health or sanity must be tested before they can plead.

Omar Lali, the boyfriend of late Keroche Heiress Tecra Muigai was on Monday July 13 charged with murder in a Lamu court.

Lamu law courts principal magistrate Allan Temba charged Lali after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) reviewed toxicological evidence, detailed post mortem reports and phone records.

Tecra Muigai died on May 2 at a private house in Shela, Lamu Island where she was staying with Mr. Lali.

According to a source reported by the Daily Nation, after she fell to her death, Tecra was taken taken to a local dispensary and later airlifted to Nairobi for treatment, but she succumbed to her injuries.

Following her death, Mr Lali was arrested by police on suspicion that he had pushed Ms Muigai to her death.

He was arrested after detectives reportedly picked inconsistencies with his account of how the Keroche Breweries director of strategy and innovation met her death.

There were reports that there was an argument between them before she fell, a claim that Mr Lali’s lawyer rejected.

According to Lali, Muigai initially tumbled down the stairs and later changed his account to claim that she tripped in the bathroom.

A court in May had rejected an application to continue holding Mr Lali in detention despite an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) .

Principal Magistrate Temba had refused to extend the pre-trial detention on various grounds following the expiry of the 21-day pre-trial detention that ended on Tuesday, May 26

Omar was released on a Sh300,000 bond but on May 4, the court agreed to grant police 21 days to detain Lali at the Lamu police station to allow for comprehensive investigations into the death of Tecra following his arrest on May 3.

An autopsy conducted by chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor two weeks ago revealed that Tecra died as a result of trauma to the left side of her head consistent with a fall.

Tecra was laid to rest on May 16 at a private ceremony in their Naivasha home attended by 100 people, among them ODM leader Raila Odinga and his wife Ida Odinga, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and Vihiga Senator George Khaniri.

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