Nyahururu court to rule on reopening violent robbery case

Tuesday June 18 2019

AK-47 rifle

A Nyahururu court will on June 18, 2019 rule on whether the prosecution will re-open a case in which an AP officer is charged with violently robbing a couple using an AK-47 rifle. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

STEVE NJUGUNA
By STEVE NJUGUNA
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A Nyahururu court will Tuesday rule on whether the prosecution will reopen a case in which an Administration Police (AP) officer is charged with several counts of robbery with violence and rape.

In the case, David Kimani Kuria, the AP constable who is attached to Bahati Police Station in Nakuru County, alongside Samuel Mugire, a civilian, was accused of violently robbing a couple of their valuables.

The man would later succumb to injuries as a result of gunshot wounds he sustained in his chest during the robbery.

The two had been charged with robbing the woman of her mobile phone worth Sh10,000 and Sh45,000 in cash on the night of July 27, 2016 while armed with an AK-47 riffle.

RAPE

In the second count, the two were charged that on the same day in Kabazi, they robbed the man of a mobile phone worth Sh7,000.

The two were also charged with raping the woman on the same day.

They denied all counts were released on a Sh1 million bond each.

The prosecution was almost closing the case after four witnesses, all of them police officers, failed to appear in court to testify in the case facing their colleague.

REOPEN CASE

But the woman, who is the complainant in the case, through lawyer Harry Gakinya, applied for the reopening of the case last month.

The court had on several occasions issued summons to Japheth Kilungu, David King’ori, Japheth Omuthelema and a Sgt Ng’ang’a, all of them police officers, to appear in court to testify.

On April 3, 2019 the court issued a warrant of arrest against Corporal King’ori.

Already, eight witnesses, among them a medical doctor, had testified in the case that has attracted a lot of public interest.