City businessman Paul Kobia stuns court with screams, tears
Drama ensued at the Chief Magistrate’s court on Monday when city businessman Paul Kobia shouted in court demanding to be freed in order to seek medical attention in hospital.
Mr Kobia was scheduled to plead to a charge of kidnaping Congolese national Mr Blanchard Condole.
He shocked the courtroom when he stood up and started shouting and crying. He said he was experiencing excruciating pain and “ needed urgent medical attention.”
The screams and shouts drew the attention of everyone, with members of the public running to see what was happening in the court.
“Let me explain myself. Let me speak please your honour,” Mr Kobia told Chief magistrate Francis Andayi.
Mr Andayi demanded an explanation from the suspect on why he was shouting and drawing unnecessary attention.
Mr Kobia replied: “ I was dragged out of hospital before I recuperated. I am sick and in great pain. I need treatment. I need to go home. Please allow me to seek medication.”
Mr Kobia’s lawyers Kirathe Wandugi and Henry Kurauka told the Chief Magistrate that their client iss indisposedafter being involved in a road accident on March 11 along the Thika superhighway.
They urged the magistrate to allow Mr Kobia to appear in court on Tuesday to take plea.
According to the charge sheet, Mr Kobia allegedly locked up Mr Condole in a house along Mzima Springs at Kileleshwa, Nairobi County.
Mr Kobia is charged jointly with Alvin Anzaya, Nelson Moyi, John Mutwiri and Martin Mwangi.
The Chief Magistrate allowed Mr Kobia time to go to hospital for treatment until April 10,2017 when the case will be mentioned for further directions.
A state prosecutor Mr Eddie Kadebe said he was not aware Mr Condole wanted to withdraw the case.