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Mackenzie, 30 others to undergo mental exams before trial

By Antynet Ford

Malindi High Court ordered ‘Cult Pastor’ Paul Mackenzie and 30 others to undergo mental exams before their trial for murder and other offences. This will take a total of 14 days as indicated by the state to conclude the assessment before the trial begins.

Justice Mugure Thande also directed prison authorities to give all the suspects food after Mackenzie through his lawyer Wycliffe Makasembo told the court that they have been denied food for the last two days.

“Given the number of people in this case, I find 14 days reasonable. They be taken to a psychiatrist to find if they are fit to take a plea.” The judge ruled.

The issue of the suspects being released on bond is expected to be determined by the court after all the suspects take plea. Deputy Director of Protection Victor Mule said the suspects were in court to be informed reasons for their arraignment.

But according to the lawyer Wycliff Makasembo of the accused persons, they are tired after being in remand for six months and they need to go and see their families as he requested for the mental assessment to take seven days only.

“They have been in prison for six months and today they were ready to take pleas and bond granted for them to go and see their families. ” He said.

The charge sheet indicates that Mackenzie and his associates are accused of killing 191  and 190 adults on diverse dates between January 2021  and September  2023. Investigations indicate that the Shakahola cult leader and his accomplices may be charged with murder.

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