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March 24, 2018

How traffic cop crushed matatu driver's testicles, left him impaired

Jamal Hussein a former officer at Kasarani police station, at  Milimani law courts on September 14, 2017. /CAROLE MAINA
Jamal Hussein a former officer at Kasarani police station, at Milimani law courts on September 14, 2017. /CAROLE MAINA

A matatu driver on Thursday narrated to a court how a traffic police officer crushed his testicles four years ago, leaving him with severe impairment.

Earnest Nyamoti, 40, said the office pulled him out of his vehicle, stepped on his several times then threw him into the back of a police car.

"He pulled me from the window and stepped on my private parts. I pleaded with him by he went on to assault me. They later threw me at the back of a land cruiser and took me to Kasarani police station," he told the court.

The father of three was testifying against Jamal Hussein, a former officer at the station.

Hussein is accused of causing Nyamoti grievous harm on July 27, 2013 at Garden Estate off Thika Superhighway.

Nyamoti said he was booked at the station then taken to court the following day and charged with a traffic offence. He was acquitted for lack of evidence.

The Githurai matatu driver lodged a case against Hussein last year with the support of IPOA who investigated the incident.

He said Hussein was in the company of seven other officer who turned on him with slaps and demanded to know why he was picking passengers and had parked his vehicle in a way that obstructed traffic.

Dr Mwaura Kiongi, who treated Nyamoti, said the driver suffered severe bruises on his scrotum.

He said Nyamoti was taken to KNH "with testicular pain, discomfort, swelling and bruises".

The driver was treated and discharged on August 1, 2013. He was readmitted with pain, swelling and was having difficulty passing stool.

Hycine Achieng, a clinical officer in charge of Nairobi remand where Nyamoti was held pending his trial confirmed that he has injuries.

The officer said they referred the driver to KNH for treatment because his condition was severe and he required urgent surgery.

The case will continue on November 28.

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