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Court acquits Bahati MP of assault charges

28 November 2014, 15:19 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - A Nakuru court has dropped Bahati MP, Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri's charges of assaulting a traffic police woman in Nakuru’s Kenyatta Avenue last year.

While acquitting the legislator, senior principal magistrate Felix Kombo said the complainant had since reconciled with the accused and was not willing to pursue the matter further, prompting the court to drop the charges against him.

Ngunjiri, who was out on a KES 500 000 bond, had been charged with traffic offences which he allegedly committed in Nakuru’s Kenyatta Avenue at town centre and contravening the National Police Service Act.

He had been charged with driving a defective vehicle, failing to obey verbal instructions from a uniformed police officer and leaving his vehicle at a non-designated place.

However, the TNA MP was December 2013 acquitted of three traffic offenses by Nakuru Resident Magistrate Rita Amwayi on grounds that the prosecution had failed to prove that he was either the driver or the owner of the said vehicle.

The lawmaker has since been fighting charges of resisting arrest and causing bodily harm to the officer.

The complainant, Maria Mutheu who was present in court, agreed to have the matter withdrawn saying she had no interest in pursuing the matter further and had settled it with the legislator outside court.

The case had earlier been adjourned by the court to allow him more time to obtain files of three traffic offences which were concluded before a Nakuru court last December arguing that they were crucial in the case.

In the past, the prosecution decried insecurity of its witnesses and even at one time requested the court to grant them an opportunity to have some of them testify in camera.

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