Justice Lessit's ruling after kicking journalists out of her courtroom

The no-nonsense judge

Lawyer Assa Nyakundi to take a plea on murder charges on August 12 - Judge Jessie Lessit rules after kicking journalists out of her courtroom

High Court Judge Jessie Lessit on Friday made a ruling on lawyer Assa Nyakundi's case hours after she ordered journalists out of her courtroom.

Justice Lessit directed Mr Nyakundi to take a plea on charges of murdering his son on August 12.

Nyakundi's lawyer John Khaminwa had objected the murder charges which attracts a death sentence asking the court to change it to read "manslaughter" which attracts more lenient sentences.

A Kiambu Court released Nyakundi in April after he took a plea on manslaughter charges, which his lawyers argued should still apply as the case is heard by Justice Lessit.

The prosecution, however, argued that the DPP reserved the right to forward any charges against any accused person as the burden of proof rests with the prosecution.

Journalists kicked out by Justice Lessit

Before the Firday ruling by Justice Lessit, the hardliner judge ordered journalists to vacate her courtroom before she could hear and determine the applications before her.

Journalists who were affected by the order relayed that no explanation was given as to why the judge had taken the a hard stance against them.


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