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Man charged with biting cop's finger in tax dispute

Chege denied the charges before Milimani chief magistrate Wendy Micheni.

In Summary

• The accused also faces a second count of resisting arrest.

• He allegedly on the same date and place resisted lawful arrest by officers Victor Wamukota, Amos Okoth and Dennis Onzares.

Milimani Law Courts
Milimani Law Courts
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A 29-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a KRA officer by biting his thumb over tax collection.

John Chege was accused of beating Inspector of police Victor Wamukota at Mawazo Sacco offices along Jogoo Road in Nairobi on November 17 as he discharged his duties.

The accused also faces a second count of resisting arrest.

He allegedly on the same date and place resisted lawful arrest by officers Victor Wamukota, Amos Okoth and Dennis Onzares.

According to a police report in court, on the day, a contingent of police officers had accompanied KRA officials along Jogoo Road to collect tax.

The team entered Mawazo Sacco offices where they found a person in the office upon which the accused person was asked to accompany the KRA officials for operating the business with an expired fire certificate but the  suspect resisted arrest.

During that commotion, police officer Wamukota came in to assist the KRA officers to arrest the suspect but it’s alleged the suspect became violent and bit the officer on his left thumb.

Chege denied the charges before Milimani chief magistrate Wendy Micheni and pleaded for lenient bond terms. He also told court that police officers brutally beat him in a cell at Central police station. 

He was released on a cash bail of Sh20,000 or a bond of similar amount.

The magistrate also ordered Chege to raise his complaint with Ipoa.

The case will be heard on December 9.