SH1 MILLION EACH

Suspects in Sh72 million G4S heist granted bond

Six accused say police suffocated them with banned plastic bags

In Summary

• They deny robbery with violence charges at a Milimani court on Wednesday

• Accuse DCI of intentionally delaying their medical treatment despite court order

Chris Mochogu, Dancun Luvuka, Vincent Owuor, Boniface Mutua, Alexender Mutuku and Francis Muriuki at the Milimani law courts on September 11, 2019
CHARGED: Chris Mochogu, Dancun Luvuka, Vincent Owuor, Boniface Mutua, Alexender Mutuku and Francis Muriuki at the Milimani law courts on September 11, 2019
Image: ENOS TECHE

Suspects in the Sh72 million heist on Wednesday said police suffocated them with banned plastic bags reinforced with cellotape on their faces.

Police wanted to force them to confess to the crime, they said.

The accused were allegedly suffocated at the Flying Squad offices, Kasarani police station and near Windsor Hotel on Kiambu Road.

They further informed court that the DCI intentionally delayed their medical treatment despite an order given that they get immediate attention on Monday.

The suspects made the claims while applying to be released on bail after denying robbery with violence charges at a Milimani court on Wednesday.

They were each granted Sh1 million bond despite the prosecution opposing their release claiming that they are a flight risk and are likely to interfere with investigations.

“The state has no right to interfere with the fundamental rights of accused persons,” the defence said on the contrary.

In his ruling, chief magistrate Francis Andayi said he was unsatisfied with the reasons given by the state for their further detention and asked the six to report daily for the next seven days to the DCI.

The six, including three police officers, jointly with others at large allegedly robbed G4S staff of Sh74 million and 38 cassettes, 13 purge bins and 13 canvas bags all totaling to Sh75.9 million.

Prosecutors say they were in possession of dangerous weapons like fire arms and threatened to use violence on the staff during the raid on September 5.

In the second count, the six were charged with malicious damage to property.

The court heard that on the fateful day, the suspects destroyed 36 casettes and 11 purge bins, the property of G4S valued at Sh1,267,000 in Thogoto forest.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges and through their lead lawyer Cliff Ombeta asked the court to give them lenient bail terms as they are paid low salaries.

The case will be mentioned on September 23.