Hannah Inyama, the University of Nairobi lecturer who kept her dead son’s body in the house for close to two weeks, is unfit to stand trial.
This is according to an investigating officer who appeared before Makadara chief magistrate Heston Nyaga. The investigator cited a psychiatric report that found Inyama is not in her right state of mind and was put on medication for a month.
“The suspect has been put on medication, which will be on a daily basis and is required to appear in hospital on November 29 to check her progress,” the officer said.
Magistrate Heston Nyaga released Inyama to her parents, who were in court, and ordered her to report to the police every Friday.
The matter will be mentioned on December 3 for further directions.
Inyama had been detained by the police for 10 days to allow them to finish investigations into the death of her son, 13-year-old son Emmanuel Solomon, whose body was found wrapped in a blanket at her house in Nairobi’s South B estate.
A post-mortem report showed that Emmanuel died of excessive bleeding in the stomach and had severe stomach ulcers that led to hemorrhage.
Inyama, a specialist in post-resuscitation care of the critically ill, had reportedly invited church members to her home in Kifaru Apartments to sing and praise God.
Last month, after the body was found, the mother told police that her son had fallen and died in the sixth-floor apartment.
“She said she did not take him to a hospital because she does not believe in hospitals,” police boss Philip Ndolo said.
“My officers tried knocking but nobody opened the door. After five minutes, they broke in. The woman by that time was hiding in the kitchen. It is like she heard us breaking in and rushed to hide.”