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Court frees 5 suspected militia group members

Thursday, January 9th, 2020 15:54 | By
High Court
Court hammer. PHOTO/Courtesy

Five people suspected to belong to a militia group among them a prominent land dealer in Eldoret town have been granted a Sh10,000 bond each with surety of the same amount after spending five days in police custody.

This was after the Director of Public Prosecution told the court that he was no longer opposed to the accused persons being released on bond.

Appearing before Principal magistrate Naomi Wairimu, the accused David Kimeli alias Kokwas (the land dealer), Brian Kiprotich, Dennis Bartsa, Patrick Lagat, and Cornelius Kiprop denied causing malicious damage to property.

They are said to have committed the alleged offence on 5th January this year at Kipkaren market, two kilometers from Eldoret town in Uasin Gishu County.

The charges against them stated on the said date and place, they damaged front and rear windscreen, two side door windscreens of motor vehicle valued 215,000 belonging to Isaac Koech.

They were arrested and locked up in the police cells after angry members of the public stormed Yamumbi police post to demand for their arrest following their link to a dreaded gang which has been terrorizing them for a long time.

The untouchable gang said to be financed by the land dealer started shooting bows and arrows at the police and residents causing a running battle between them and officers on one hand and members of the public.

The gangs took the move after the residents led the police to Kipkaren estate where they have turned it into their base to cause mayhem against the members of the public.

A team of police under the command of Deputy Officer Commanding police Division in Kapseret John Odhiambo were forced to fire live bullets in the air before apprehending the gang.

The matter shall come up for mention on 28th January.

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