By Wanja Waweru
A security guard suspected in the murder of a first-year student at Karatina University attempted suicide before being apprehended by authorities.
The man, identified as Ezra Kipkemei Kemboi, attempted to end his life by piercing his hand, the court in Nakuru was informed on Thursday.
The investigation officer, Police Constable David Kipkoros, reported that Mr. Kemboi afterwards sought medical attention at the Kibwareng Health Centre in Kibochoi, Nandi South.
“He was arrested a health facility in Nandi South where he had gone to seek treatment after he attempted to commit suicide,” said the officer.
Mr Kipkoros urged the court to allow police to detain the suspect as they conclude investigations, arguing that he is a flight risk.
Chief Magistrate Isaac Orenge granted the police’s request, ordering that the suspect be detained at central police station for 14 days pending conclusion of investigations.
Mr Kipkemei is the main suspect in the murder of 19-year-old Phyllis Jepleting Jeruto, whose decomposing body was found inside his house at Naka estate in Nakuru County.