Nakumatt manager Abdul Kairo has been charged with the murder of a worker at the supermarket chain’s headquarters in Nairobi.
Kairo, who appeared before Justice Jessie Lessit, denied fatally shooting Stephen Wafula Musumbi, 23, on November 10 2015, a casual labourer, twice in the chest under unclear circumstances.
The court had ordered he be taken to Mathare Hospital for a mental assessment and doctors have since declared him fit to stand trial.
Justice Lessit ordered the suspect detained until July 27 when a probation report will be filed in court to precede a determination on whether he qualifies to be released on bond.
Police said Kairo used unnecessary force, considering that he aimed at Wafula’s chest and and fired two bullets.
Justice Lessit directed the suspect be detained at the Industrial Area Police Station after the assessment is done.
According to a detective, the suspect is being charged after investigations revealed that he could have used excessive force.
Earlier, Nakumatt head of security Michael Ndung’u was reported in the media having told police that the deceased, who appeared to be mentally disturbed, chased his colleagues while armed with a panga and a spade.
The deceased is said to have attacked Kairo, who shot him at point-blank range in apparent self-defence.
However, some witnesses told police the manager was not attacked, since he walked from his office to where Musumbi was.
Police ruled out a theory that the manger fired shots to immobilise the armed worker.
It is said that there is no evidence to show the suspect fired a warning shot as earlier claimed.
Initial reports had indicated that Kairo allegedly shot in the air once to scare Musumbi.
The suspect is a licensed firearm holder.
His Beretta pistol with nine bullets was confiscated.
Detectives took two spent cartridges found at the scene for ballistics examination.
Previously, Nakumatt also witnessed another bloody muder in May 2015.
Nakumatt manager James Karanja Mwangi was shot dead inside his car by three people on a motorcycle, who are believed to have been hit men, after he unearthed a scam involving suppliers and managers at the premises.