How suspected mugger landed in trouble for reporting false robbery
A man who escaped a lynch mob in Kasarani, Nairobi is facing charges of attempted robbery after lying to the police that a man he had attempted to mug had robbed him of cash and valuables.
David Nyangi has been charged for allegedly attempting to rob Simon Mwaura, charges he would have escaped had he not lied to the police that the latter had robbed him.
Nyangi is also facing charges of giving false information to a person employed by the Public Service Commission in contravention of 129 (a) of the penal code after allegedly lying to police officers that Mwaura and his colleagues had robbed him of cash and valuables.
He is accused of lying to officers at Zimmerman Police Post that Mwaura had robbed him of a mobile phone worth Sh7000, Sh7,750 in cash and a silver chain worth Sh9,000 – all valued at Sh23,750.
Nyangi is also accused of giving this information knowing the same was false with the intention of causing the officers to arrest and charge Mwaura and witnesses, something they ought not to have done.
During the incident that happened on September 26, 2023, the accused and an accomplice, who is still at large, confronted Mr Mwaura outside a workshop in Carwash area within Kasarani, Nairobi, and attempted to rob him.
However, Mr Mwaura while fighting back raised an alarm, and his colleagues promptly responded, rescuing him before he was robbed. Mr Mwaura and colleagues overpowered Nyangi and subjected him to a beating as he pleaded for his life.
The suspect pleaded to be let go and he was released as the complainant had not sustained serious injuries and had not lost anything in the attempted robbery.
However, after escaping, Mr Nyangi went to Zimmerman Police Post and reported that Mr Mwaura had robbed him and the complainant was summoned by the police.
Corporal David Musyoki, who investigated the matter, established that Nyangi’s claims were untrue after conducting investigations.
The accused denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Monica Kivuti of the Makadara Law Courts and was released on a bond of Sh100,000 and an alternative cash bail of Sh50,000. The case will be mentioned on September 28, 2023 before the hearing starts on June 25, 2024.