Pastors caught with 'human blood' released
24 March 2015, 10:18
Mombasa - A Mombasa court has withdrawn charges against two pastors allegedly caught in possession of four bottles containing red substance and suspected to be human blood, alongside other witchcraft paraphernalia.
The two; Andronicus Kyuvi and Vincent Onyango were discharged from a case where they were being investigated for possession of human blood and other witchcraft paraphernalia.
The prosecutor, Eugene Wangila informed the court that they had received a report from the government chemist indicating that the substance was not human blood.
“We have received information from the investigating officer, Charles Mwai and seek to have the respondents discharged to enable police launch further investigations,” said Wangila.
However, the respondents' lawyer Wycliffe Makesembo prayed that he be supplied with the case proceedings as he intends to sue the state for the damages incurred to his clients.
“This is unacceptable. We now intend to sue the state on this matter. My clients' names have been tarnished and the arrest was malicious," sadi Makesembo.
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Chief magistrate Maxwell Gicheru directed that the two respondents be released under section 87(a) of the criminal procedure code and that the case proceeding be availed to the defense counsel.
Ealier in the affidavit, the investigating officer informed the court that Onyango was driving a motor vehicle registration no KBL 815L Toyota Mark 11 along Biashara Street in Mombasa city when the said vehicle developed a mechanical breakdown.
It was in the process of repairing the car that members of the public noticed some red substance in a bottle inside the car, suspected to be blood and charms.
He said upon interrogation, the accused led the police to the first respondent, Kyuvi, who is the owner of the car at Magongo.
The two accused were then arrested and escorted to central police station.
Immediately after their release, the accused said the alleged paraphernalia was found in the hands of a witchdoctor at one of their prayer crusades.
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