, NAKURU, Kenya, Nov 23 – Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu was due to visit the Nakuru Law Courts Wednesday after an attack in open court by a man who had just been convicted.
Those injured in Tuesday’s incident included Resident Magistrate Eunice Kelly, a complainant and police officer.
Chief Justice David Maraga has condemned the attack saying “the Judiciary will not be intimidated by cowardly acts adding that courts will continue to discharge their duties without fear.”
“I wish to strongly condemn the attack on the Resident Magistrate at Nakuru Law Courts, Hon. Eunice Kelly, the complainant in the case she was trying, and a police officer attached to the court. I wish them a quick recovery,” CJ Maraga said.
He assured the public that judicial officers would continue to discharge their duties without fear, and would not be intimidated by such cowardly acts.
The suspect, Michael Kahoro, pulled out a screw driver after the court delivered judgment, stabbed the magistrate on the hand before heading for the complainant who he stabbed six times.
The complainant, Edith Adhiambo was treated at the Mediheal Hospital and was said to be in stable condition while the magistrate was also stable.
The incident brings to the fore concerns of the state of Nakuru Law Courts which are small in size without proper partitioning are often congested making suspects to stand very close to judicial officers presiding over cases.