When can a Person be held in Police Custody for over 24 Hours?

The killing of Rongo-University student Sharon Otieno has raised a lot of public interest. Beyond the public outcry for the perpetrators to be charged and punished, there are legal questions on the process of investigations and arrests. The key suspect for the murder, Mr. Michael Oyamo, was released by the Homa Bay high court. But thereafter he was rearrested and the High Court in Kisumu denied him bail

So, how could one court say the prosecution did not have enough compelling reasons for the suspect to be denied bail whereas another court came to a different conclusion? What are the legal rules that led to the differing decisions? Continue reading “When can a Person be held in Police Custody for over 24 Hours?”