•He is set to take a plea on Friday, February 2.
• The magistrate granted the prosecution's application that sought to have him in custody for seven more days to among others undergo mental assessment, a requirement for a murder suspect.
A suspect in the murder of socialite Starlet Wahu Mwangi will remain in police custody for the next seven days as detectives conclude investigations before he is formally charged with murder.
The suspect John Matara appeared before Makadara Law Court Senior Resident Magistrate Mercy Kivuti on Friday, January 26.
The magistrate granted the prosecution's application that sought to have him in custody for seven more days to among others undergo mental assessment, a requirement for a murder suspect.
He is set to take a plea on Friday, February 2.
Wahu's family members were also present in court.
Matara had hired a short-term stay apartment in the area and took Wahu who he met on a dating site into the house for a night out.
He was arrested at the Mbagathi Hospital moments after allegedly stabbing Wahu in an apartment in South B, Nairobi.
He has told police he differed with the woman prompting the fatal fight in the room.
Wahu's body was discovered on January 4 morning at the fourth floor of the apartment after the watchman reported seeing the male suspect flee with bloodstained clothes.
The owner of the premises who had let it out to Wahu and Matara for a night used a spare key to unlock the house, which had been locked from the outside, only to stumble on the horrifying scene of the deceased's body sprawled on the floor.
Matara also sent a message to the room owner saying there was something bad there.
Makadara detectives who were alerted rushed to the scene to find the young woman's body soaked in a pool of flood, lying midway from the bed towards the main door an indication of an attempt and struggle to call for help.
Examination of the body revealed a stab wound on the head near the left ear, a deep cut on the right thigh and a human bite on the left arm.