Investigating officer says Nigerian is a flight risk
A police officer investigating a Nigerian woman , who allegedly stole electronics from her neighbour in Ruaka on Wednesday honoured summons and said the suspect was a flight risk.
Cpl. John Omeru from Rweno police post told Kiambu Chief Magistrate (CM), Mrs. Patricia Gichohi that the accused had a baby at the time of her arrest but for the period she was in custody, nobody visited her to follow up her case.
The CM therefore released her on a bond of 50,000 with a Kenyan surety of similar amount after she said she had no relatives in Kenya. Prior to the bond matter the prosecutor, Henry Kinyanjui told the court he did not wish to oppose her to be released on bond.
Balikis Oluwayemisi Fadairo had on Monday been charged that on 9th March 2017 at Pwam Apartment in Ruaka Township within Kiambu County she stole an IPad mini and mobile phone make IPhone 45 all valued at Shs.70, 000 the property of Peter Nicholas Harwood.
She pleaded not guilty to the offence and the court summoned the investigating officer to shed light on why he was objecting to an out of court settlement as stated by the accused.
The investigating officer further told the court that he did not object to her reconciling with the complainant explaining that the complainant had wanted his property returned to him or an equivalent amount worth his lost property.
The magistrate had made the orders after the accused cried in court alleging the officer denied her an opportunity to reconcile with the complainant.
During today’s proceedings, the officer also produced the complainant who clarified to the court that he did not wish to withdraw the case or have her released unconditionally. Harwood told the court that the property was worth 100,000. However, he said if the accused was able to pay him 70,000 shillings or return the property, he would withdraw the case.
The court heard that in the morning on that material day, the accused approached the complainant where they were neighbours. She told him that she had missed her flight to Dubai and that when she went to her sister’s house in the neighborhood, she did not find them. She therefore requested to be allowed to take a shower in his house.
She then proceeded to the host’s kitchen, served herself with some juice and at this point the complainant followed her and requested her to leave as he was getting late.
Fadairo took her handbag from the seating room and left but when the complainant checked where his gadgets were, he did not find them and suspected the accused.
He reported the incident to an AP camp in his neighbourhood and later to Karuri police station. Investigations were launched and the accused was arrested and charged with the offence.
Fadairo told the magistrate that her efforts to reconcile with complainant had been thwarted by the police officer investigating the case.
She said she had visited the station twice, on the Friday she was arrested and Saturday but the officer had blocked her efforts to be forgiven because she was a foreigner.
The hearing of the case was fixed for April 12 April and it will be mentioned on 28th March.
By Lydia Shiroya