NIS officer accuses Eldoret duo of stealing his gun
One of the two men charged with robbing a gun from a National Intelligent Services (NIS) officer, attached to the Anti-Terrorism Centre in Kitale town contradicted himself after denying the charge by saying that on the fateful the complainant was having an affair with a woman inside his car.
Kelvin Mwangi Kinuthia who was charged together with Boniface Kipchumba Biwott told the court the complainant felt ashamed when he peeped into his car only to find him engaged in indecent acts with his female passenger which is why he framed them with a gun robbery charge.
Mr Kinuthia who is a bodaboda rider told the court that while transporting his client on a motorbike they noticed strange trembling on a stationary car and when he peeped inside he saw the complainant in an embarrassing situation that is when he framed him with allegations of robbing him of his gun.
“The accused is covering the shame that I saw him in and that is why he is framing me with this charge,” he told Eldoret Principal Magistrate James Areri on Tuesday.
The magistrate directed him to wait until when the hearing commences to raise the issues.
On his part, Mr Biwott told the court it was Mr Kinuthia who was the owner of the gun that was found in their possession.
The charge sheet stated that on April 9,2023, at Cherunya village within Pioneer location in Kapseret Sub County, they violently robbed Hosea Bowen of a GLOCK pistol together with his mobile phone and during the incident they used actual violence against the complainant before injuring him.
The duo was also charged with another charge of being in possession of a firearm without a licence contrary to the firearm act of 2012.
The particulars of the charge sheet on the second charge stated that on April 19 at Yamumbi area in Eldoret town they were found in possession of firearm make GLOCK pistol serial number YTV 137 without a licence.
They were also slapped with a third charge of being in illegal possession of 10 rounds of ammunition on the same day.
The accused allegedly threatened to stab the officer using a machete during the night incident.
The NIS officer was attacked after dropping his friend at Pioneer estate.
He reported the incident at Langas police station
The accused denied all the charges.
They were each released on Sh500,000 bond with similar surety.
The case will be mentioned on May 10 before a hearing scheduled for September 4.