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Businessman accused of kidnapping ex-wife to spend weekend in custody

A businessman accused of abducting his ex-wife will spend the long Mashujaa Day holiday at the Industrial Area Prison remand after Milimani Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina declined to entertain his bail application.

Abdullahi Mohammed Gulled is battling charges of abducting his ex-wife and confining her in a room at Maua in Meru County.

Gulled has denied the charges leveled against him by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The prosecution told the court that on October 12, 2023, Gulled jointly with others who were not before court, abducted one Shankara Adan Hassan without her will in Nairobi.

The court heard that on the material day under the cover of dusk, the suspect in the company of others, among them a man in police uniform, waylaid the complainant and flashed her out of a taxi she was hitching.

The magistrate heard that the complainant was blindfolded before she was bundled into an unmarked civilian car which drove off at lightning speed to a direction she could not know.

The prosecution said it will lay evidence to show that the complainant came to her senses when she found herself locked up in a house at Maua, Meru in solitude, from where she was rescued by a multi-agency team comprising security officers drawn from Meru and Nairobi counties.

Gulled was represented by lawyer George Ayienda who applied that he be released on bond.

Mr Ayienda said the offence is bailable and urged the accused to find favour in the eyes of the court and benefit from the constitutional right of being free on bond.

The magistrate did not entertain the bail application but referred the same to be canvassed before Senior Principal Magistrate Gilbert Shikwe.

Meanwhile, Gulled was remanded in prison custody until October 23, 2023, when his release on bond application will be determined.

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