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17 robbery suspects arrested in Nyeri

06 December 2013, 12:37 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A group of 17 suspected criminals were arrested Thursday at Witemere location in Nyeri town and arraigned in court.

They Prosecution, led by Inspector Stanselous Mwangi, told court that the accused persons are suspected to be behind a spate of robbery incidences which have been on the increase in Nyeri and its environ.

In a sworn affidavit, the area District Criminal Investigating Officer  (DCIO) James Oludhe, said the suspects have been involved in robbery, house breaking, and extortion of money by force at bus termini in the County.

“Their behaviour has made people within the County to live,” Oludhe said.

He further told Chief Magistrate Wilbroda Juma that the 17 are dangerous to be set free without the security of the citizens being guaranteed.

Oludhe said they were arrested and interrogated by police but due to technicality in law, the evidence in hand may not be sufficient enough to convict them.

“According to our investigations, we don’t see the reason they cannot be ordered to execute bonds with sureties to keep peace and be of good behaviour,” he said.

He said despite the release on bond, the suspects should keep peace for a period of three years under the criminal procedures code chapter 75 of the laws of Kenya.

The suspects were each released on KES 500 000 bond with a surety of similar amount but two of them - Joseph Kariuki Wangura and Moses Ngishu Mwangi - refused to be bonded and instead opted for a hearing. Their cases were slated to be heard on December 10,11 and 16, 2013.

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