A Nyeri court has allowed police to detain two suspected members of a criminal group that has been drugging and robbing clubbers in the region.
Senior Resident Magistrate Ruth Kefa on Monday allowed officers from Directorate of Criminal Investigations to detain Mr Anthony Mathenge and Ms Jane Wanjiru Ndung’u for 14 days to enable police wrap up their investigations and make more arrests.
A police detective, Henry Kyalo, told the court that the two suspects were arrested on June 29 after drugging and robbing Mr John Muriithi at Escape Bar in Ruring’u area, on the outskirts of Nyeri town.
The officer said the suspects also used the victim’s mobile phone to send alarming text messages to his friends and extort money.
“They borrowed a loan from Barclays Bank using a mobile phone application and withdrew the money. Several friends of the complainant responded and sent money using M-Pesa but were suspicious. They reported to police and a search commenced,” said Mr Kyalo.
The court heard that the two suspects went to the club and joined Mr Muriithi, who was with his friends taking drinks.
Mr Muriithi was left by his friends in the bar in company of the suspects, narrated Mr Kyalo in his miscellaneous application.
The complainant, the court heard, was drugged using unknown substance and was abandoned in one of the hotel’s room on June 30, 2018 while unconscious.
“Due to the nature of the case, I want time to make more arrests. It's a case of stupefying with intent to commit a felony. The latest victim, Mr Macharia, was robbed of his mobile phone, money, national identity card and ATM cards by the suspects,” said Mr Kyalo.
He further told the court that the suspects were arrested in Karatina town driving a black Toyota Caldina, which was also seized by the police.
The two were traced using the Police Mobile Communicator Tracker.
First, the tracker indicated the suspects were at Skuta Estate, later at Wambugu Farm area and were finally in Karatina.
“Some of the documents belonging to the complainant were recovered inside the car. They were arrested and positively identified by the complainant at Nyeri Central Police station,” said Mr Kyalo.
The suspects did not oppose the police application to lock them up.
Mr Kyalo told the court he will conduct identification parades on the two suspects as he is expecting more complaints to step forward.
The case will be mentioned on July 16.