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Huruma woman battles robbery charges after raising false alarm on deceased neighbour’s son

A woman who raised a false alarm and accused her deceased neighbour’s son of being a thief before he was seriously wounded by members of the public has been charged with robbery with violence contrary to section 296 (2) of the Penal Code.

Susan Njenga is accused of violently robbing Mark Kennedy Njoroge of Sh9000 and a mobile phone worth Sh6000 in Huruma estate, Nairobi on September 3, 2023.

She was charged alongside a neighbor, Stephen Njoroge.

They are accused of robbing the complainant jointly with others at large and using actual violence against him during the alleged robbery.

Mr Njoroge had gone to a house belonging to his late father to occupy it when Ms Njenga found him and told him he was a stranger at the plot and neighbours did not know him.

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Ms Njenga allegedly took a stone and hit the complainant then raised an alarm prompting other tenants to attack the complainant.

Her co-accused was identified as among those who assaulted Njoroge with crude weapons in the incident where the complainant who is a matatu driver lost the cash and phone.

The complainant was rescued by a member of the public who threatened to call the police and escorted him out of the scene.

He went to a hospital where he was treated before reporting the matter at the Huruma police station.

The two suspects were traced and arrested after police concluded investigations.

The two denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Erick Mutunga of Makadara Law Courts and sought lenient bail and bond terms through an advocate.

The advocate told the two courts that the incident happened as a result of an ongoing succession dispute and there is a matter related to the dispute in the high court.

Mutunga released the two suspects on a cash bail of Sh100, 000 and a bond of Sh200, 000.

The case will be mentioned on February 19, 2024, before the hearing starts on May 13, 2024.