Suspect punched in court by mother to the victim

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A lady slapped and punched a man who is  suspected to have killed her daughter during the first court appearance at The High Court of Eldoret since the murder of the student.

“You are the one who killed my daughter and I am so angry with you,” Beatrice Wanyota said as she confronted Mustafa Idd and rained blows on him.

He was being led out of court by police officers after Justice Stephen Githinji ordered that he be taken to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for psychiatric examination before taking the plea.

The attack caught the police, lawyers, court officials and members of the public unawares.

Mustafa, 31, is accused of killing 26-year-old Emma Wanyota on September 30 at Moi’s Bridge in Uasin Gishu County.

Emma’s mutilated body was found in a pool of blood in a nappier grass farm next to her home. The legs and arms had been chopped off.

Githinji told Wanyota that the case could not proceed until the suspect is mentally tested.

“As a matter of procedure, anybody charged with murder must first undergo a mental assessment before he is allowed to take the plea. The accused is not yet off the hook.”

Wanyota had complained that the case was taking too long to be heard.  “Whenever I come to court for my daughter’s case, the matter is always postponed ostensibly to pave the way for mental assessment of the accused.”

Mustafa is also charged with the murder of his former lover, businesswoman Nancy Etome, on July 25 at Kapkoi in Uasin Gishu County.