Lawrence Simon Warunge has pleaded not guilty to five counts of murder before the High Court in Kiambu after he was declared fit to take the plea.

Warunge who is at a remand in Nairobi, virtually appeared before Justice Mary Kasango on Thursday and denied that he murdered his father Nicholas Njoroge Warunge, mother Annie Wanjiku, his brother Christian Njenga, nephew Maxwell Njenga and a construction worker James Kinyanjui at their home in Karura, Kiambu county in January this year.

The IT student at a local university had not taken plea since he was arraigned in January due to a psychiatric report earlier that had indicated that he was not of sound mind.

But another psychiatric report from Mathari Mental Hospital released on Tuesday concluded that Warunge is fit to stand trial.

Warunge had earlier on confessed to detectives that he had committed the murders through inspiration from a British TV show ‘Killing Eve’.

He told police he went online to search how he can execute his mission the same way the main character in the movie psychopathic assassin Villanelle does without a trace.

According to the police report, he first killed James Kinyanjui, a help who lived just a few metres away from the main house before descending on his mother, Anne Wanjiku who was in the kitchen and his brother, who had responded to her distress call.

The student then attacked his father, Nicholas Warunge, who had fled from the suspect by jumping from the balcony then finished with his cousin, who was hiding under the bed.

Warunge fled the scene of crime and was later arrested in Wangige by DCI officers together with his girlfriend. That was three days after the murders.

- The Star/Stanley Njenga