Students arraigned in court over arson

Seven students suspected of being behind an arson attack at Ober Secondary school in Rachuonyo East Sub-county were arraigned before a court in Oyugis Wednesday.

The suspects however failed to take plea as investigators handling the matter had not concluded gathering evidence that could be used to charge them.

The seven are Form Two students at the school with their ages ranging from 16 to 17 years.

In an affidavit signed by Mr. Mark Lipale of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Rachuonyo South, the students were arrested after an arson attack at their school on Monday.

Lipale told the court that he was yet to record statements from witnesses to aid in prosecution of suspects and that the debris collected from the scene have not yet been analysed.

He told the court that the samples were sent to a government chemist in Kisumu for analysis but the process had not been accomplished.

Lipale said investigators were also waiting for a report from the county fire department to assist in charging the suspects.

He requested the court to grant the investigators five more days to complete investigations in order to properly charge the suspects.

“There will be no prejudice against the respondents if the application is allowed,” Lipale wrote in his affidavit.

Oyugis Principal Magistrate Celesa Okore issued orders for the suspects to be detained as investigations continued.

He directed the DCI to carry further investigations and avail the accused in court on the dates ordered by court.



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