PRISON BREAK

Two suspects escape from Ruiru cells after strangling officer

Wycliffe Achola and Dennis Atiwa were arrested last year over robbery with violence.

In Summary

• The two were to be arraigned in court on Monday.

Prisoners behind bars
Prisoners behind bars
Image: PATRICK VIDIJA

Police officers have launched a manhunt to find two suspects who escaped from the Ruiru cells.

The two; Wycliffe Achola and Dennis Atitwa are said to have strangled a police officer who was on night duty before the escape.

The duo are said to have been arrested last year over robbery with violence.

 
 

“Yes, I can confirm the incident has happened. We have the information and we shall soon catch up with them,” the area OCS said.

She, however, said she could not reveal any further details as the OCPD is held up in a meeting and will brief the media later in the day.

According to incident report recorded at the OB, the two Wycliffe Kori Achola and Denis Atitwa Atenya strangled Police Constable Christopher Mwangombe before climbing the wall cell.

It is said Achola had notified Mwangombe who was on duty alongside Julia Nduta that he had a running stomach and needed to be escorted to the toilet.

"At around 05.00 hrs   while he was performing his cell sentry duties in company of PC Julia Nduta, the report office personnel, he heard one prisoner   namely Wycliffe Kori Achola knocking the cell door shouting that he had a running stomach and required to be escorted to the toilet. He opened the door and escorted him to the toilet,” read part of the OB report.

“While he was closing the door cell for him to go back inside, the said prisoner jointly with the second prisoner namely Denis Atitwa Atenya , pushed the door back . They both overpowered the officer and came outside the cells and strangled the officer who fell down”.

The report indicates the duo managed to climb the cell wall and escaped away.

Though both officers raised alarm and immediately were joined by other officers for search, all efforts have been in vain.

Both escapees had been charged for the offence of robbery with violence within Githurai Kimbo.

They had been scheduled for hearing today at the Ruiru law court.