Tuesday, February 20, 2024

DPP seeks to detain Paul Mackenzie and co-accused for six months

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has made an application seeking to detain Paul Mackenzie and co-accused for six months pending completion of investigation.

According to the DPP, the earlier orders issued by the court to complete the investigation in 47 days has elapsed as some of the DNA samples collected from the 429 bodies exhumed is delicate, expensive, hard and time consuming.

“The prosecution has filed a fresh application seeking court orders to have Paul Makenzie and his co-suspects detained for six months (180 days) to enable the police to conclude investigations into the Shakahola massacre.

Assistant DPP Jami Yamina told Senior Principal Magistrate Hon. Yusuf Shikanda that investigations remain incomplete after the lapse of an earlier court order that directed further detention of Makenzie and his co-suspects for 47 days.

The application, supported by an affidavit from Chief Inspector Raphael Wanjohi, reveals that DNA profiling of 429 bodies exhumed from the Shakahola forest is delicate, expensive, hard and time-consuming.

The application further discloses that pathologists require at least an additional 6 months to complete the DNA profiling process in order to conclusively establish the true identity of the exhumed bodies.” said DPP

The court has however adjourned the hearing of the application to pave way for the controversial pastor and co-accused to file their responses. The case will be mentioned on 12th October 2023.

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