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Prosecution oppose the release of Ian Njoroge on bail

Prosecution team has opposed the release of Ian Njoroge on bail following his dramatic arrest after assaulting a police officer.

Appearing before Milimani Law Courts magistrate Ben Mark Ekhubi, the prosecution team noted that the matter is in the interest of justice and that denying him bail will send a warning to the public on the consequences of assaulting a police officer.

“Prosecution has opposed the release of Ian Ngige Njoroge on bail pending the hearing. Mr. Ngige is accused of robbery with violence contrary to section 296 (2) of the Penal Code.

Principal Prosecution Counsel Victor Owiti, and Prosecution Counsel James Gachoka and Virginia Kariuki told Milimani Law Courts magistrate Ben Mark Ekhubi that there were compelling reasons to deny Mr. Ngige bail.

The prosecution counsel argued further that it was in the interest of justice that the accused person is not granted bail as the offences he is charged with are serious in nature. The prosecution further explained to court that the denial of bail will send a warning to the public about the consequences of assaulting police officers and public servants in the line of duty.

The prosecution further emphasized the seriousness of the offence, telling court the accused consistently assaulted a 57-year-old police officer in public. Further, the prosecution explained to court that the accused had been arraigned on two different counts related to traffic and criminal offences.

The prosecution added that based on the video of the accused fleeing the scene of the alleged crime, which has since gone viral on social media, and the fact that he went into hiding when authorities commenced a manhunt for him indicates he is a flight risk if handed temporary freedom.

The prosecution further told court the accused was likely to interfere with the witnesses including the complainant who will at some point be required to testify in court.” said ODPP

Prosecution also informed the court that there were social media reports that the accused as agreed with the complaint to drop the charges thus affecting the case. Bail hearing has been set for Friday 7th June, 2024.

“The prosecution team told the court the accused person was also likely to interfere with the evidence considering social media reports that the complainant had agreed to drop the charges. The court will rule on the bail application on June 7, after a pre-bail assessment report has been filed.” said ODPP

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