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Magistrate orders aerophile to undergo mental test before taking plea

Wednesday, July 10th, 2024 12:31 | By
Everlyne Amondi in court. PHOTO/ PRINT

An Eldoret court has ordered that a woman accused of masquerading as an employee of Skyward Limited Company be taken for mental assessment.

Senior Principal Magistrate Mogire Onkoba ruled that Everlyne Amondi (pictured) must take the test at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) before taking plea.

“I direct the investigative officer to take the accused person for mental assessment at MTRH in Eldoret for mental assessment before she is allowed to take plea,” ruled Onkoba.

She is accused of masquerading as an employee of Skyward Limited Company at the Eldoret International Airport where she was detected and arrested by police officers attached to the directorate of criminal investigations unit.

The magistrate made the ruling after the prosecution applied for the plea to be deferred to allow for mental tests on the accused person.

Confessions

This was after she shocked the court by confessing how she bought clothes resembling staff uniforms for the said airline to enable her gain entry into the airport so that she could enjoy watching planes take off and land.

Amondi was arrested on June 29 by DCI based at Eldoret International Airport after a tip off from employees of the airline company.
According to investigating officer Phanuel Kaaria who is attached to the DCI in Eldoret, they were yet to finalise investigations against the accused person related to impersonation.

At the time of the arrest, the accused was dressed as an employee of Skyward Airline Service, and after a search, she was found with uniforms resembling those of aircraft engineering services.

“She was arrested following a tip off from staff at the airport who noted that she was not one of them,” Kaaria said.

The accused person was found with other uniforms similar to those of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) School of Engineering and a yellow and white dustcoat.

She told the court it was out of curiosity to see how planes land and take off at the airport that she decided to use all means at her disposal to access the highly secured facility.

“I made the clothes at a tailor’s shop in Eldoret town. I told the tailor to make for me one uniform resembling that of the Skyward Airline employees which I then used to access the airport,” said Amondi.

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