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Businessman in trouble for harassing WhatsApp calls

A businessman, Samuel Brian Yongo Otumba, has been detained for five days for alleged cyber harassment.

Yongo was detained at Parklands Police Station for five days.

Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Dolphina Alego ordered police to record statements from the complainant, Rajendra Shanghani, who is the managing director of Granada Trading Company Limited.

State prosecutor Sonia Njoki told the magistrate that police were investigating a case of computer abuse and cybercrime against Yongo.

Njoki said a report had been lodged at Parklands police station by Shanghani, who claimed he had been harassed and threatened by Yongo.

The magistrate heard that Yongo had called Shanghani on WhatsApp regarding a case against John Malongo of Subru Motors, who was facing charges at the Kibera Magistrate’s Court.

The court heard that Yongo told Shanghani that they were planning to smear his name after he had been appointed by Malongo to look into his accounts and deal with the matter accordingly.

Shanghani claims that during their conversations they fell out with Yongo after he requested to meet him on a Friday night, which he refused, claiming that the suspect had started making threats.

Shanghani reported to the Parklands police that Yongo continued to call him on WhatsApp, claiming that he had been hired by his brother Manojkumar to pursue him over allegations relating to the family’s property and money.

Shanghani claims that Yongo continued to call him and abuse him using unprintable words.

“Yongo continued to abuse Shanghani, swearing in his mother’s name that he would teach him a lesson,” the investigating officer told the court.

He prayed that he be remanded in custody for seven days to enable him to carry out a cyber analysis at the DCI Headquarters Forensic Laboratory for extraction.

He also said that he needs to record a statement from Manojkumar which is yet to be recorded.

The officer said that they needed more than 24 hours to complete the investigation.

He also said that he needed to record a statement from John Malongo of Subru Motors.

Yongo opposed the application to remand him for seven days, saying he was unwell and needed urgent medical attention,

“Your Honour, I beg this court to grant me personal bail because I have a health challenge and I have been suffering for two days already,” he pleaded.

He also asked the magistrate to release him on bail and order him to report daily to the DCI officer, insisting that he would comply.

In her ruling, the magistrate said the police must be given enough time to complete their investigations and then ordered Yongo to be remanded in custody for five days.

The matter will come up for mention on Friday, April 26, 2024.