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24-year-old jailed for 7 years after assaulting police officer

Tuesday, June 4th, 2024 20:01 | By
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A 24-year-old man will serve a seven-year jail term after he was found guilty of assaulting a police officer.

In a statement on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) noted that Kakamega Principal Magistrate J. J. Masiga read out the sentence which established that the convict willfully assaulted the police officer.

The convicted person identified as Tyson Kayesi committed the offence in May 2024 when he attacked a law enforcement officer and inflicted bodily harm.

"The accused person, Tyson Kayesi, is reported to have assaulted a police officer in the month of May 2024 while on official duty causing him harm as per the P3 form produced in court," a statement shared by ODPP read in part.

Refusing to take plea

Before he was sentenced, Kayesi had refused to take a plea on two occasions. However, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, he took a plea and pleaded guilty to all the four counts that were levelled against him.

During the trial, the prosecution counsel Moraa Atandi submitted that the court should uphold the minimum sentence as prescribed by the law.

However, the Kakamega Magistrate slapped Kayesi with a seven-year-imprisonment term arguing that the issue of assaulting police officers was becoming rampant in the country.

"In delivering the judgement, the Magistrate noted that the offence of assaulting police officers is becoming rampant nationwide and therefore a custodial sentence is the most suitable for purposes of deterrence to the community and for any person intending to commit that offence," ODPP's statement added.

Ian Njoroge charged

The sentencing comes hours after Ian Njoroge was also charged before Milimani Court Principal Magistrate Ben Mark Ekhubi for an offence of robbery with violence contrary to Section 296(2) of the Penal Code.

A court gravel. Ian Njoroge faces six charges which were read to him at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi. PHOTO/Pexels.
A court gravel. Ian Njoroge faces six charges which were read to him at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi. PHOTO/Pexels

"The court heard that on the 2nd day of June 2024, at Kamiti Road in Kasarani Sub-County, Nairobi, Ian Ngige Njoroge jointly with others not before court robbed No 67839 CPL Jacob Ogendo a battery of police communication gadget and a mobile phone make Samsung Galaxy Note 1 valued at Ksh. 50,000 and immediately at the time of such robbery wounded the said No 67839 CPL Jacob Ogendo," ODPP's statement read in part.

"He was also charged with two additional counts, including resisting arrest contrary to section 253(b) of the Penal Code and causing grievous harm contrary to Section 234 of the Penal Code."

He pleaded not guilty to all charges in court.

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