City matatu driver recounts how traffic cop crushed his private parts
A matatu driver on Thursday told a Nairobi court how a traffic policeman stepped on his private parts, crushing his testicles.
Earnest Nyawawa Nyamoti told principal magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot that he was driving on Garden City Road, off Thika road on July 29, 2013, when he was confronted by seven traffic police officers.
He said there was a heavy traffic on the road and the officers accused him of overlapping.
The officers, he added, entered his vehicle and one of them slapped him in the face.
KICKED PRIVATE PARTS
He said the officer pulled him out of the vehicle, kicked him on his private parts and hurled him into a police vehicle.
The officer, Jamal Hussein, who has since been suspended, has denied assaulting Mr Nyamoti and causing him grievous harm. He is out on a bond of Sh30,000.
Mr Nyamoti says after the arrest, he was taken to Kasarani police station and eventually charged with a traffic offence.
The case was, however, dismissed for lack of evidence.
But before his release, Mr Nyamoti was taken to Nairobi Remand Prison, after denying the offence. While in prison, he could not bear the pain and pleaded with the warders to take him to hospital.
Superintendent Hycine Achieng Olaba, a clinical officer at Nairobi Remand, said she attended to Nyamoti on July 30, after he complained of pain and that he could not walk.
“After examining him, I discovered that the scrotum was swollen and it had bruises. The patient told me that an officer had stepped on his private parts,” she said.
The witness said Mr Nyamoti was also passing blood-stained urine and she referred him to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialized treatment.
The medic said he was later asked by Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to do a report on Mr Nyamoti’s condition.
Mr Nyamoti’s case was taken over by IPOA after his wife complained to the agency, following the assault and arrest.
Another witness, Dr Kiongi Mwaura told the court that he first treated Mr Nyamoti on August 2, 2013, after complaining of testicular pain, swollen scrotum and abdominal pain.
He treated the victim and discharged him but he was back to KNH six days later, complaining of more pain, swelling and that he could not pass stool.
After examining him, he discovered that there was no blood supply to the scrotal area and he recommended a surgery to correct condition.
The operation was done on August 25, 2013, about one month after the assault.
Mr Nyamoti, a father of three, was allegedly assaulted by Mr Hussein while he was a matatu driver plying the Githurai 44 route.
The hearing was adjourned to November 28.