NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 29 – Alistair Llewelyn, a helicopter pilot who was captured on video assaulting a policewoman, was granted a Sh750,000 bond with the alternative of paying Sh250,000 in cash bail by a Nyandarua court on Monday.
The court however directed that he only be released on the bond after he hands over of his passport in order to guard against him fleeing justice.
He was also required to present proof of his citizenship to the court.
Llewelyn was charged on February 24 at the Kinangop law courts with assault and creating a disturbance.
He denied the charges but was detained after the prosecution opposed his release on bail on account of his employment as a helicopter pilot. “It would therefore be very easy for him to fly out of this court’s jurisdiction,” the state argued.
Llewelyn came into the public eye after a video of him pushing and cursing at a policewoman in Nyandarua went viral.
At the time the video was shot, he was acting as Deputy President William Ruto’s helicopter pilot.
In the video, he is seen approaching the policewoman after a group of children surge toward the parked chopper.
He appears incensed that the policewoman, by letting the children near the helicopter, wasn’t doing her job.
He goes on to grab her swagger stick and shove her in front of a gathered crowd.
He later cowers behind the chopper after the men in the crowd threaten to intervene, telling the policewoman not to be afraid.
Llewelyn was later arrested after the video went viral and Deputy President Ruto called for police action.
“The Deputy President has been made aware of the unbecoming behaviour of a pilot of a helicopter he had hired to take him to Nyandarua at the weekend. The DP has asked the police to take up the matter and initiate immediate action,” the DP’s Communication Secretary David Mugonyi told Capital FM News.
“(He) holds Kenya’s hardworking police officers in the highest regard,” he added.