SEXUAL ASSAULT FREED

Boda boda riders arrested over assault of female motorist freed

The suspects had spent more than 15 days in custody pending investigations.

In Summary

•The suspects had spent more than 15 days in custody pending investigations.

•She directed the suspects to go back to Gigiri police station to pick up their phones and other belongings.

James Mutinda Muema, Samuel Wafula Muswahili, Charles Omondi Were, Japheth Bosire Obano and Hassan Farah Forah before principal magistrate Martha Nanzushi on March 28, 2022.
James Mutinda Muema, Samuel Wafula Muswahili, Charles Omondi Were, Japheth Bosire Obano and Hassan Farah Forah before principal magistrate Martha Nanzushi on March 28, 2022.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

Sixteen suspects who had been detained over a viral video of a female motorist being sexually harassed along Wangari Maathai Road have been freed by the court. 

Milimani senior principal magistrate Martha Nanzushi on Monday released the 16 after the DPP said they did find enough evidence to pin them to the offence.

The prosecution said the investigating officer had not found evidence linking the suspects to the sexual assault case which occurred on March 4.

"The investigating officer having found no evidence to charge the suspects, I hereby release them under section 87 (a) of the Penal code", the magistrate ruled. 

She directed the suspects to go back to Gigiri police station to pick up their phones and other belongings. 

The key mastermind Zachariah Nyaore Obadiah will, however, be charged today. 

The prosecution said they have enough evidence to charge and prosecute him in the assault case.

The suspects had spent more than 15 days in custody pending investigations.

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