ASSAULT CASE

Ringtone assault case against Alai fails to take off as DPP recalls file

Ringtone assault case against Alai fails to take off as DPP recalls file

In Summary

• Ringtone was reduced to tears after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions recalled the file for further perusal.

• He called on the DPP and Inspector General of Police to act swiftly, saying he was unwell and needed further medication in South Africa.

Ringtone arrived at Kibera Law Court in an ambulance on Thursday to witness the plea taking by blogger Robert Alai, whom he accused of assault, only to find the case file recalled by the DPP.

There was drama at the Kibera law courts on Thursday as musician Alex Apoko, popularly known as Ringtone, arrived in court in an ambulance with medics behind him.

He attended the plea taking of blogger Robert Alai, whom he has accused of assaulting him some last Friday.

However, Ringtone was reduced to tears after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions recalled the file for further perusal.

He called on the DPP and Inspector General of Police to act swiftly, saying he was unwell and needed further medication in South Africa.

Ringtone, and Alai were involved in an altercation which turned physical.

Alai was arrested and detained at Kilimani police station on allegations of beating Ringtone with a wooden club.

In a video circulated on social media, Ringtone was seen distributing  money to pedestrians and boda boda riders before the incident.

The incident happened along University Way.

Officials said the two accused each other of obstruction in a scuffle that began on Oloitoktok Road and spread to Dennis Pritt and Likoni roads.

Alai was accused of hitting Ringtone’s car at a roundabout on Oloitoktok Road.

Although the genesis of the drama remains unclear, several videos showed what is believed to be Alai’s car blocking the musician’s car.

At University Way, Ringtone was seen atop his Ranger Rover when Alai came out of his Subaru with a wooden club.

Ringtone was heard accusing Alai of taking the law into his own hands.

“Kwa nini umenipiga…haijalishi…kubeba sheria kwa mkono (Why have you beaten me…it does not matter…taking the law into your own hands),” Ringtone said.