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Betty Tett's stepson charged with robbery with violence

Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 00:00 -- BY CAROLE MAINA

A close relative of former nominated MP Betty Tett linked to an armed raid on her Karen home has been charged with robbery with violence. If found guilty, William David Tett will be sent to the gallows as robbery with violence is a capital offence punishable by death. Tett was arraigned in a city court yesterday and accused of violently robbing the former MP's husband Tett William of Sh1,000. David robbed William of the cash and a wallet containing several ATM cards all valued at Sh5,000.

The charge sheet against him alleged that he committed the offence on September 6. He was accused of committing the offence jointly with other people who were not in court. City magistrate Elija Obaga ordered he be remanded at the Langata Police Station until September 12. Prosecutor Onesmus Towett told court police need more time to investigate the case. According to the prosecution, the suspect together with other people attacked the home of the former MP while armed with guns and knives. They allegedly ransacked the house and harassed Tett’s husband and a domestic worker. The former MP was not at home at the time but arrived shortly after the police. 

Two of his alleged accomplices were shot dead by police who responded to an alarm raised by the MP's employees but David drove off in the Ugandan registered car. Police responded and found the two suspects walking out of the house. They opened fire, killing them on the spot. Five mobile phones, a gun loaded with four rounds of ammunition and a knife are said to have been recovered from the slain suspects. David was arrested at a popular hotel along Mombasa Road where police found him in the company of a female companion.