Kenyan faces sex offence charges in UK
A Kenyan fugitive wanted by the British government for the alleged sexual assault of three children has told a Nairobi court that he is ready to face justice in the European nation.
Antony Kinuthia Kamau, alias Antony Kinuthe Kamau, told Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo that he was not opposed to a request by the British authorities to have him extradited over the claims.
He is accused of seven sex offences in Chelmsford Crown Court.
“I direct the suspect to be remanded at Anti- Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) awaiting to be picked by Interpol who will accompany him to UK and Northern Ireland where he is warranted to face trial for sexually molesting minors,” ruled Kagendo.
The magistrate allowed Kinuthia’s relatives to visit him at the ATPU station before he is extradited.
State Prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki did not oppose the request by the suspect to be visited by his relatives and lawyers before he is flown to the UK.
Mwaniki told the court that at the ATPU station, the suspect will get all the required facilities equivalent to those available to suspects in the UK.
“At the ATPU, the suspect will get a bed and mattress plus full meals and will be comfortable,” Mwaniki told the court.
Kinuthia was arrested last Friday by DCI detectives who were tracking him after receiving a signal from UK authorities that he was being sought for sex-related offences.
DCI officers placed him in custody at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Police Station for interrogation before arraigning him yesterday for processing.
In his court presentation, the suspect who has been living in the country for two years said: “l am willing to travel to the UK to clear my name.”
During his detention at the ATPU, the court directed that all expenses which will be incurred be footed by the UK and Northern Ireland authorities before Interpol picks him up for onward transmission.
“The paedophile is reported to have sexually assaulted underage girls within an 11-year period from 2005,” the prosecution says.
Mwaniki told the court that Kinuthia was charged with four counts of engaging in a non-penetrative sexual activity with one girl and another count of inciting an underage girl to perform a sexual act in November 2019.
The fugitive was granted bail but he fled to Kenya where he has been engaging detectives in hide and seek games until his arrest on Friday.