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Teenager charged with assaulting traffic cop released

  Ian Njoroge, when he appeared before Milimani Principal Magistrate Ben Mark Ekhubi  on Tuesday,June 04,2024. [Collins Kweyu, Standard]

The 19-year-old boy who was accused of attacking traffic police officer along Kamiti Road in Nairobi on June has now been released from the remand.

 Ian Njoroge was charged with attacking and robbing off corporal Jacob Ognedo a battery of communication gadget and a mobile phone worth Sh50,000.

 In another count, Njoroge who is a university student was accused of unlawfully causing grievous harm to Ogendo.

 After pleading not guilty to the charges, principal magistrate Ben Mark Ekhubi had released him on a bond of Sh700 000 with one surety. The family was however unable to raise the amount.

 But on Thursday, through the intervention of former governor Mike Sonko Njoroge who offered a surety allowing the accused to be released from the Industrail Area remand.

 Sonko through his aide Francis Wambua deposited a car log book to have Njoroge released pending the hearing and determination of his case.

 Earlier on the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Renson Igonga had   asked the court to deny bail to Njoroge

 The court had directed that the accused be released on bail after dismissing the application by the prosecution who had stated that if released his life was life in danger.

 Further, the magistrate ruled that the robbery with Violence charge against the accused was unconstitutional since section 96 (2) of the Penal Code where the said offence was anchored was declared unconstitutional by the High Court.

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