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Cop nabbed soliciting bribes released on KES 100K bond

12 March 2014, 09:17 Joseph Njung'eh

Nakuru - A police officer who was arrested taking bribes in Nyeri town has been arraigned in court.

The officer was allegedly soliciting money from a transformer vandalism suspect.

Magassan Gwiyo, who is attached at the security section of Kenya Power Company Nyeri offices, Mount Kenya region, was charged with two counts of criminal offences.

In the first count, Gwiyo was charged that on February 18, 2014 at 2NK Matatu stage in Nyeri town, he corruptly obtained KES100 000 from James Maina as inducement so as to exonerate him from alleged vandalism of power transformers within Nyeri region.

In the second count,  Gwiyo was charged that on February 26, 2014 at Kungu Maitu Butchery in Nyeri town, he corruptly received KES 50 000 from the said Maina as inducement so as to exonerate him from investigations on the mentioned allegations.

The accused, who was represented by lawyer Wahome Gikonyo, denied all the charges before Chief magistrate Wilbrodah Juma.

Gikonyo applied for the accused to be released on cash bail saying that his client is still serving in his position till the matter in court is determined.

He further said that the accused has been in police service for the last 25 years and is remorseful to attend his case hearing sessions.

The accused was released on a KES 100 000 bond with a similar surety or a cash bail of KES 100 000.

The case hearing was scheduled on April 22, 2014.

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