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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions wants a fresh postmortem for the body who died allegedly after being caned by a teacher in Kilifi.

DPP Noordin Haji’s office says it is dissatisfied with the results of the autopsy done on September 24. The family will have to wait longer to bury him.

Last month, Mnagoni Primary School pupil Mohamed Juma, 14, died on his way to Bamba sub-county Hospital.

His teacher David Katama allegedly beat him on the back and his rear on September 13. The pupil sustained internal injuries, resulting in his death.

On September 21, the teacher appeared in a Kilifi court and the prosecution was given 14 days to detain him until October 4.

The suspect was also to be taken for a mental check-up at Coast General Hospital.

Area DCI chief Said Mohammed on Thursday said he had written to the Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor seeking a second autopsy.

The body is still at Kilifi county hospital mortuary.

Mohammed said the family is not satisfied with results. 

“We feel the doctor was not qualified to do the autopsy and therefore, want a second opinion for justice to be served,” the DCI officer said.

He said an application has been made in court for additional days to detain the teacher Katama.

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Kilifi senior assistant DPP Vincent Monda said a request for a fresh postmortem has been made.

In an application before senior principal magistrate Robinson Ondieki, investigating officer Martin Wanjala told the court the teacher is connected to the death of the pupil.

Kilifi county medical superintendent Eddy Nzomo said he did not understand why the police are calling for a second opinion yet the autopsy was done by a qualified doctor.

Speaking in his office, Nzomo said the pathologist established the pupil had lung problems, which led to asphyxia (swollen brain) – a condition in the brain was not receiving sufficient oxygen.

“It is unfortunate police refused the findings. The skull was intact, but the lungs were swollen. There was no sign that the child was beaten. The specimen was taken for further investigations by the government chemist,’ Nzomo said.

Nzomo faulted the police for having a fixed mind on the cause of death of the pupil.

“They came with their minds made up and that is why they did not agree with us. We are open and we told them to come with their own pathologist if they are not contended with how the doctor conducted the post-mortem.”

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