A long-awaited wedding ceremony in Mombasa was cut short on Christmas day after the bridegroom was arrested shortly after tying the knot.
The incident, which occurred at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bamburi, Kisauni, stunned guests, who had travelled all the way from Nyanza.
Police officers posing as guests waited for several hours for the two to conclude the ceremony before arresting the groom.
The officers bundled him into a private vehicle and took him to Makupa Police Station in Mombasa.
The suspect, who is said to have escaped a police dragnet for more than two months, had allegedly stolen a car from a clearing and forwarding firm in Mombasa about two months ago.
The bride and the bridal team stopped the planned activities to accompany the newly-wedded husband to the police station.
At the police station, the coy bride hid herself in a toilet to escape curious residents and journalists.
An employee of the clearing and forwarding firm, where the vehicle had allegedly been stolen, told the Nation that the suspect was assigned to deliver 15 vehicles to a car company.
“The suspect escaped with a Toyota Mark II vehicle after delivering other 15 vehicles to one of the motor dealers on October 19 this year,” the employee said.
Mombasa police boss Kipkemoi Rop said the man would be charged in court. “The suspect is with the police being interrogated before being arraigned in court tomorrow (Tuesday) where we expect to have vital information that might help us unearth the crime,” Mr Rop said.
An uncle of the bride described the incident as a “set-up”.
“It is unfortunate that we struggled to raise money to organise a wedding and if it is true that my son-in-law is a thief, he could have organised a classy wedding,” he said.