June 18, 2024

Ian Njoroge molested and mistreated by police; Defence lawyer

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Ian Njoroge molested and mistreated by police; Defence lawyer

Defence lawyer representing Ian Njoroge tells the court his client was molested and mistreated by the police during arrest

Defence lawyer representing Ian Njoroge tells the court his client was molested and mistreated by the police during arrest.

The defence team representing assault suspect Ian Njoroge told the court that police officers who arrested him handled him in an inhumane manner.

Appearing before Magistrate BenMark at the Milimani law courts on Tuesday, Duncan Okatch and Vincent Lempaa told the court that Njoroge, 19, was molested in his house at the time of the arrest.

A short video showing Njoroge being interrogated was also played in court which the prosecution argued is clear proof of mistreatment since the officers hurled insults at him.

“What the complainant did to him in that car, I can say he was manhandled by the complainant,” the court was told.

“The accused is a first-year student in one of the public universities and he has a future that he is pursuing, he has parents and was arrested in the house of the parents. At the station, he was beaten and the clothes he was on were blood stained.”

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He is alleged to have committed the offences Sunday this year at Kamiti Road in Kasarani where he was seen assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) asked the court to detain Njoroge for three days to allow the investigating officer to draft an affidavit.

“The investigating officer assigned the matter yesterday and had a short time to do the statements, get expert reports, and present the file to our office. He’s not had time to put in an affidavit and we are objecting to his release on bail and we are asking for three days to allow police put in the affidavit,” the court was told.

The court granted the prosecution one day to detain Njoroge at the Industrial Area prison. To be escorted to Kenyatta Hospital and accompanied by a parent.

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