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What is the purpose of mental assessment of suspects in Kenya?

#1
We have been seeing mental assessment of suspects from Major Mugure to Naivasha mom who killed her 4 kids to the boy who killed his family. For the Naivasha mom, the psychiatrist said she was not OK mentally but she was still expected to take a plea. What exactly is the point of this assessment if at all suspects will go to court even when they are assessed to be mentally ill and what are the parameters that differentiate the mentally unwell person from the one fit to stand trial or is it just a formality like every thing else in Kenya? If you are assessed to be insane do you go to a hospital like mathare or you are still remanded in jail?
 
#8
Right. That answers your question. That’s why you need a mental assessment.
That wasn't my question.

My question was, what exactly is the point of having a mental assessment if at all the trial will just proceed as usual even when the defendant is not fit to stand trial by reason of insanity?

For example, the Naivasha mother was evaluated and found to be insane and she still took a plea and she is in remand with sane people instead of being taken to mathare for treatment
 

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#10
That wasn't my question.

My question was, what exactly is the point of having a mental assessment if at all the trial will just proceed as usual even when the defendant is not fit to stand trial by reason of insanity?

For example, the Naivasha mother was evaluated and found to be insane and she still took a plea and she is in remand with sane people instead of being taken to mathare for treatment
It says the Naivasha lady was sent to hospital for treatment.
https://www.mwakilishi.com/article/...led-all-her-4-kids-sent-to-mental-institution
 
#16
You made the decision to take the drugs. At that time you were sane.
How about if you didn't know what you were taking. Like if you thought you were smoking a regular blunt but it was a wet blunt or it was laced with PCP. I saw a case where a guy bought a blunt and after he smoked it he shot his entire family, his defense was that he was given a bad blunt it wasn't what he usually had
 
#17
You made the decision to take the drugs. At that time you were sane.
Its the last episode of season 1 I am a killer. He shot his whole family after he smoked a spiked blunt.

Here I was thinking I'm obsessed with crime kumbe some people actually corresponding with these criminals. Wah.

 
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#19
You made the decision to take the drugs. At that time you were sane.
EPISODE 6 “FAMILY AFFAIR” DEANDRE BUCHANAN
Deandre Buchanan
On November 7th 2000, Deandre Buchanan was arrested near the scene of a triple homicide. Angela Brown, the mother of Buchanan’s two infant daughters, his stepfather and his aunt, had all been shot dead by Buchanan. In a recorded police interview, Buchanan claimed he had smoked a joint which had been laced with an unknown drug and that he had subsequently become convinced that everybody at the party were attempting to kill him. He described shooting both his step-father and aunt inside the house before chasing Angela Brown outside and shooting her dead as she held their children in her
arms. Since that interview, Buchanan has consistently maintained that he has no recollection of what had taken place at the time of the shootings. In April 2002, Buchanan went on trial for the murders of Juanita Hoffman, William Jefferson and Angela Brown where he claimed that he had suffered a drug induced psychotic episode. Prosecutor Kevin Crane dismissed this claim of diminished responsibility on the grounds that any drugs Buchanan had taken had been consumed voluntarily. Crane also argued that Buchanan had deliberated over the killings when he reloaded the gun on more than one occasion and as such the killings constituted first degree murder. Buchanan is currently serving a life sentence, although he is actively trying to appeal his case with the hope of being given a reduced sentence. He maintains he was intoxicated at the time of the murder and not in his right mind.
 

Simiyu22

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#20
How about if you didn't know what you were taking. Like if you thought you were smoking a regular blunt but it was a wet blunt or it was laced with PCP. I saw a case where a guy bought a blunt and after he smoked it he shot his entire family, his defense was that he was given a bad blunt it wasn't what he usually had
That's different realm. This is the reason governments regulate drugs. Did you take drug that was regulated? If not, you have no claim.
 

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