DEFERRED TO MARCH 24

Ex-MP fails to plead to assault charges after falling sick

Lawyer says Ndung'u Gethenji is sick and in hospital bed

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Milimani chief magistrate Martha Mutuku ordered that Gethinji's lawyers produce medical documents in court before taking-plea.

Former Tetu MP Ndung'u Gethenji at the Milimani law court on December 14, 2020
Former Tetu MP Ndung'u Gethenji at the Milimani law court on December 14, 2020
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An assault case against former Tetu MP Ndung'u Gethenji has been deferred after his lawyer told the court that he is sick. 

Gethenji is accused of beating up Kihingo Village security guard on February 5.

He was to plead to the charges on Tuesday before a Milimani law court but failed to appear.

"Your honour I will be seeking for an adjournment since I learned this morning that my client is sick and in a hospital bed," lawyer Ishmael Nyaribo told the court. 

George Wajackoyah who is representing the victim Godfrey Mutua, told the court that he has filed an application which will be addressed before Gethenji's other lawyer Willis Otieno. 

Milimani chief magistrate Martha Mutuku deferred the plea to March 24. She also ordered that Gethenji's lawyers produce medical documents in court before taking the plea.

Reportedly, at 11.28pm on February 5, Gethenji arrived at the gate of Kihingo Village where he lives and where he has been in a protracted dispute with the other residents.

As a result, he has been removed from the chairmanship of Kihingo Village Management Company and no longer plays any part in the management of the upmarket estate in Kitisuru, Nairobi.

Gethenji was annoyed that Securex was recently appointed to provide security to Kihingo Village and that his preferred security company 911 was blocked from entering the estate.

On that night, a Kihingo guard, Mutua asked the driver to lower the windows of Gethenji's vehicle so that he could check that they were not surreptitiously smuggling in any 911 guards. 

An irate Gethenji and his bodyguard then got out of the car. In the CCTV video of the gate, the former MP is seen to hit and then kick the guard.

The guard was taken to MP Shah Hospital where he was given three stitches to close the wound.

The assault was reported to Gigiri police station, but no action has yet been taken by the police on the matter.

Gethenji is involved in multiple criminal and civil suits over his long-running but unsuccessful battle to retain control of Kihingo Village which was developed in partnership with his two estranged brothers and his late mother.