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DPP’s move to close assault case against cop leaves family suffering

28 July 2015, 09:13 Robert Kibet

Nakuru - A 40-year-old man wants the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to recall an inquiry file against a police officer accused of assaulting a suspect at Milangine police station in Nyandarua County sometimes in January this year.

Stephen Mwangi Karanja, father of three has slammed the DPP’s office for closing the file over alleged lack of evidence.

He faulted the decision to close the file saying he did not get a chance for hearing or availing his witnesses.

Police constable Lawrence Ireri was accused of assaulting Mwangi while in custody at the said Milangine police station.

He is alleged to have assaulted the suspect after he failed to part with KES 1 000 bribe following a traffic offence.

Mwangi, who operates a bodaboda business, had been arrested for failing to wear a helmet and reflector jacket.

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Injuries allegedly inflicted by the said officer led him to be hospitalized at JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital in Ol-Kalou, and later at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital (PGH) where he underwent an operation twice.

Mwangi, who still has a wound on his stomach, said that he has been reduced to a beggar since he is unable to work as he used to prior to the incident.

“I have incurred hospital bills amounting to over KES 80 000,” said Mwangi.

His wife Rahab Nyawira has called on the government to ensure action is taken against the officer who is still operating at Milangine police station.

Contacted for comment, Milangine OCPD Thomas Sangut said that although there is every reason to believe the complainant was assaulted while in custody, there was nothing much he could do since the office of the DPP had closed the inquiry file against constable Ireri.

He said that he acted fast upon receiving complaint from Mwangi and directed the OCS to open an inquiry file.

The police boss said he could not take further action against the officer since his office had followed the laid down procedures as per the law.

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