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Police imposter released on bond

09 January 2013, 15:11 Antony Gitonga

The police imposter Joshua Waiganjo is a free man after a Naivasha court released him on a KES4m bond.

Despite concerted efforts by the prosecution to oppose the bond, Waiganjo walked home after raising the bond and three sureties.

Waiganjo was charged with twelve counts of different types of crimes with the prosecution promising to bring over 35 more cases against him.

Waiganjo was charged with four counts of robbery with violence along the Nairobi Nakuru highway.

He was charged of violently robbing Francis Ng’ang’a and Dismas Mwangi off a lorry, cash and personal effects valued over KES4m on the 17th August 2012 in Kikopey.

The third and fourth charges stated that on the 24th of August 2012 in Keroche along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway he robbed David Mwai and Francis Mwangi of cash and property valued at KES 222 000.

He faced four other charges of being in possession of police uniform illegally.

The last four charges were those involving his impersonation as a senior police officer based at the Rift Valley Police headquarters, a fact he knew was false.

The accused, whose defense is led by three leading lawyers in the country Cliff Ombeta, Katwa Kigen and John Khaminwa, denied all the charges.

Lawyer Khaminwa said that the charge sheet had serious flaws and was not consistent with the new constitution and should be thrown out.

Ombeta hit out at the prosecution for charging the accused of committing various crimes on imaginary dates and called on the magistrate to strike out the charge sheet.

A law abiding citizen

The lawyers applied to have the accused released on a free bond saying that he was a law abiding citizen who would avail himself in court anytime.

The prosecution led by Chief Inspector Mike Muya denied harassing the family of the accused adding that there was no documentary evidence to indicate that he had a wife.

Muya opposed the move to grant the accused a bond saying that he could interfere with wittiness and ongoing investigations.

He told the court that there were three pending arrest warrants against the accused and fresh cases were emerging every day.

The magistrate threw out the prosecution request and gave the accused a KES 4m bond and three sureties of the same amount.

She directed that the accused report every Friday to CID offices Naivasha until further details.

She set the 23rd of January 2013 as when she will make a ruling on whether some of the charges are defective.

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