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Suspected Kidnappers remanded for 5 days by Kiambu Court

A  woman and her daughter suspected to have plotted and kidnapped her employer’s 7 year old boy have been remanded for 5  days by a Kiambu Court on Friday.

The  Kiambu Chief Magistrate (CM) Ms. Patriciah Gichohi  allowed Police to detain Leah Muhonja Luyali and Charlotte Msimbi at  Gigiri  Police Station following a miscellaneous application No.225 of 2019.

Sgt. Peter Mutiso in his affidavit told the court friday that he needed more time to complete investigations which included  tracking down accomplices, recording down statements from witnesses and conducting forensic examination that will assist  in building up the case against the duo.

During  this time, he says he intends to go to NTSA and establish the ownership of the motor vehicle used in commission of  the offence and also obtain call data from Safaricom limited.

Sgt. Mutiso  said in the application that the first suspect had been employed by the father of the child as a house girl when  she  committed the offence.

He  told the court that on 21st May, the complainant, David Oduor Simbili reported to the station that his child had been  kidnapped by unknown people from his compound who purported to have been sent by his wife to take out the child for  dinner.

At  the time, they used a vehicle whose owner police were investigating.

The  first  accused  told the complainant that the alleged kidnappers had left her a letter after taking the boy and after  she read it, she discovered that the boy had been kidnapped and the culprits were demanding Sh.3 million ransom to release him.

He  explained to court that the first accused later received a text message from Mobile phone no.0726550930 instructing that the mother of the boy had allowed and permitted them to take him for a meal.

Investigations  were launched and through intelligence led to the investigating team to Kawangware where the 2nd suspect  was arrested and the kidnapped boy rescued safely.

Prior to the application being granted, Senior Prosecuting Counsel, Ms. Christine Mbevi  told the court that she supported the application made by the investigating officer as it will enable him adequate time to prepare for his case.

While  the 1st accused accepted to be remanded, the second opposed the application on grounds that she had been tortured by the police after she was arrested. “The police inserted a firearm in my private parts and I wish the court to allow me to be examined by a doctor,” she told the court.

She  said  she  would  accept  the  medical  service from anywhere either at the police station or be released to access it on her own.

While  allowing  the  application, the CM  warned t he investigating  officer  that  she shall not  entertain  any

complaints  from the suspects that they had been tortured. The case shall be mentioned on May 31st.

By  Lydia Shiloya

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