Matatu crew in court for stripping woman

November 28, 2014 10:36 am
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The court heard that the police are yet to trace the complainant despite having seen her on video clips/FILE
The court heard that the police are yet to trace the complainant despite having seen her on video clips/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 28 – A matatu crew in whose vehicle a woman was stripped on the Githurai route were Friday arraigned before the Milimani Chief Magistrate’s Court.

Nicholas Chege Mwangi and Meschack Mburu Mwangi however did not plead to the criminal charges after the prosecution asked the court for more time to conclude investigations into incident.

An affidavit sworn by Corporal Charles Musyimi, says: “the accused were arrested on November 27, 2014 along Thika Road on Thursday evening. The investigating officers need time to conduct investigations.”

The court heard that the police are yet to trace the complainant despite having seen her on video clips.

The prosecution further indicated to the court that the suspects are yet to disclose their accomplices who are still at large.

“The police have been investigating various cases of assault and stripping of ladies within Nairobi County and several inquiry files have been opened with a view of apprehending the suspects,” Musyimi told the court.

The Lawyer Society of Kenya (LSK) through lawyer Cliff Ombeta, urged anybody who has been assaulted or stripped to come forward and lodge complaints with the police.

He said that LSK fully supports the police and prosecution in ensuring that the culprits are arrested and charged.

The accused persons will be remanded at Kasarani Police Station for a period of 21 days before they are brought to court to plead to the charges.

The video clip captured showed the men stripping the woman and sexually abusing her in the Githurai-bound matatu. The lady’s pleas to be left alone fell on deaf ears as the men continued to attack her explicitly from all sides and tossed her about for being “indecently” dressed.

The Sexual Offence Act prescribes the minimum sentence for sexual assault as 10 years and the maximum can be life imprisonment.

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