, NYERI, Kenya Sep 22 – The owner and handler of six dogs that mauled a minor to death in Nyeri have been charged before a Nyeri court.
Anthony Gathara and John Njuguna Muriithi were charged with recklessness and negligence in handling the dogs on September 21, 2017 at Ring Road Estate in Nyeri Town.
The two failed to take action by keeping the dogs in an enclosed place as required by law, resulting in the death of Wilson Ngatia Karungaru as indicated in the charge sheet.
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo, the two denied the charges and pleaded to be released on bond.
Through their lawyer Njuguna Kimani, they told the court that they will honour the terms and attend all proceedings without fail since they are local residents.
The lawyer also urged the court to order the prosecution serve him with copies of the charge sheet and witness statements before hearing of the case which is scheduled to start on September 28 this year.
Each of the accused persons was released by the court on a surety bond of Sh200,000 or a cash bail of Sh100,000.
The prosecutor Wesley Nyamache agreed on their release adding that investigations in the case were ongoing.
He said police were yet to get the post-mortem report which is part of the evidence.
Gachagua’s two-year-old grandson died after he was attacked by the neighbour’s dogs which made their way into their homstead.
His grandmother tried to help him and the family rushed the little boy to hospital but he died while undergoing treatment.