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Nyahururu suspects face robbery with violence charges

By James Munyeki | June 28th 2016

NYAHURURU, KENYA: Six people suspected to be behind several cases of robbery incidents in Nyahururu town were arraigned in a Nyahururu court on Tuesday, charged with four counts of robbery with violence.
The six, James Sepachi, James Kaniu, Paul Mugambi, Patrick Wambugu, James Irungu and James Mwangi denied the charges when they appeared before Senior Resident magistrate Ocharo Momanyi.
In the first count, the six were charged that on May 23, this year, while in the company of others not before court stormed the home of Ms Jane Nderitu in Losogwa village, Laikipia County and stole household items worth Sh700, 000.
In the second count, they were charged that on June 1, this year at Shamanei area Laikipia county while armed with crude weapons and a gun, the six stole Sh100,000 from Paul Ndungu, an uncle to the second accused and later shot him dead.
The suspects were also faced with another count that on the same night and place they violently robbed Agnes Ndungu Sh20, 000.
In the fourth count, the six also denied that on the night of June 11, this year at Nyahururu town Laikipia County they violently robbed Joseph Ndungu his car valued at Sh350,000 and Sh1,200.
The prosecution pleaded with the court not to release the suspect on bond arguing that their accomplices were at large and the guns used in the shooting were yet to be recovered and that some of the suspects have no permanent place of residence, while others are suspected to be using fictitious names as they have no ID cards.
"The continuing investigations may be interfered with if the accused persons, some of whom are related to the aggrieved families, are released to go back to the community," read in part the request to which the accused persons objected.
The court released another suspect, Benson Irungu on grounds that no complainant had singled him out in the identification parades. He was however cautioned against engaging in vices.
The case will be mentioned on June 30 for the court to give the verdict on their bail terms.

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