Three men were on Tuesday arraigned at a Kiambu court and charged with three counts of violently robbing three complainants while armed with firearms and crude weapons in Runda drive of Nairobi County.
Duncun Odhiambo, William Saitoti and Benard Mutua Matheka appeared before Kiambu Senoir Principal Magistrate (SPM), Stella Atambo and pleaded not guilty.
The third accused had jointly been presented in court last week alongside a male and a female suspect who were released yesterday after the investigation officer told the court that he had not found tangible evidence to connect them to the series of robberies in Runda.
Prior to their plea taking their miscellenous file was closed and the other suspects released unconditionally.
The trio were charged that on November 6, 2019 at Runda drive house No 150 within Nairobi County, jointly with others not before court while armed with dangerous weapons namely firearms and metal bars robbed Raduks Vora of household goods comprising of electronics, phones, watches, jewellery and cash all valued Sh. 1,127,000 and at that time of such a robbery threatened to use actual violence against the complainant.
On the same day the robbed Rukia Chelagat of a mobile phone make Huawei Y3 valued at Sh. 10,000, mpesa money totalling Sh. 15,061 all valued at 25,061 shillings and that at the time of such a robbery threatened to use actual violence against the complainant.
The trio also violently robbed, Julius Mutua Wambua of a mobile phone Itel P valued at Sh. 6,500 and M-Pesa cash totalling to Sh. 3,500 and that at the time of the robbery, they used actual violence contrary to section 296(a) of the penal code.
They were released on a bond of Sh. 500,000 or alternatively a cash bail of similar amount. Their case was fixed for hearing on February 19, 2020 and will be mentioned on December 6, 2019.
In the same court a man also charged a man with housebreaking on November 23, 2019 at Karura Village in Kiambaa within Kiambu County. The court heard that he broke and entered a house belonging to John Kimani Waweru stole one TV size 24 inch make LG, DVD player make sony, sonar decoder, Radio hot point, pro gas meko,complete with burner all valued at Sh. 32,500.
He denied the charges and his case was fixed for hearing on February 21,2020 and mention was fixed for December 6, 2019. He was released on a bond of Sh.100,000 shillings with a surety of similar amount.
He amused the court when the PM recognized him, “You have appeared before this court before?” he said yes and I was charged with robbery with violence in a case in which I was acquitted, he answered to the amusement of the court.
By Lydia Shiloya