The Machakos High Court has ordered that two women suspected of murdering Mlolongo salonist Jennifer Mwende be evaluated mentally.
The court issued the order after the prosecution produced Everlyn Wanza Katumbu and Faith Nthemba before the Court for plea-taking.
The two appeared before Judge Margaret Muigai who ordered that they be subjected to mental assessment at Machakos Level 5 Hospital to determine if they were mentally fit to face trial before taking plea.
The Judge directed that the two should equally undergo medical examination after their advocate told the court that they had been undergoing torture, strangulation, and assault from investigation officers involved in the murder case.
“I order that the two accused persons shall be taken to Machakos Level 5 Hospital for mental assessment on October 18, 2023, and this order shall be issued to the Prisons department to effect the same,” the judge directed.
The two are scheduled to take plea on October 19, 2023.
They were arrested following Mwende’s brutal murder.
Her body was found on September 13 dumped in a pit latrine within Mlolongo town, Mavoko sub-county after missing for two weeks.