Man denies charge of giving false information against former magistrate

David Sosah was arrested on Wednesday last week before his arraignment. [iStockphoto]

A man who gave false information to police that a former magistrate attempted to knock him with his vehicle has been charged in court.

David Sosah who is a resident of Nairobi's Woodley estate, was presented before Kibra senior resident magistrate William Tulel and denied the charge facing him.

According to the prosecution side, the accused committed the offense on June 12, 2023 at around 4.50pm at Jamhuri Police Station in Kibra where he informed an officer identified as Hamisi Kahindi that Peter Ngatia who is now the secretary of Woodley Residents Welfare Society tried to knock him.

"You informed a police officer that Peter Ngatia attempted to knock you down or over run you while driving his motor vehicle a Toyota Prado TX on June 12,2023 at about 3.45pm in Woodley estate," read part of the charge sheet.

The prosecution said the accused gave out the information to the police officer while knowing well it was false only aimed at unfairly arresting the former magistrate who served in the judiciary for 10 years. Sosah was arrested on Wednesday last week before his arraignment.

The accused who is the immediate former vice chairman of Woodley Residents Welfare Association pleaded for leniency. "Your honour, I am requesting this court to grant me a favourable bond terms because I am not a flight risk and I will be attending the court wherever I am required to," Sosah said in court.

Lawyer Linet Rono appearing for Ngatia urged the court to grant Sosah tough bond terms.

She also asked the court to order he deposit in court his passport in order not to flee the country and defeat justice.

Tulel released him on a bond of Sh300,000 bond or alternatively pay a cash bail of Sh 150,000.

The case will be mentioned on March 25.