Police officer who ‘leased’ firearms to criminals charged in court
A police officer attached to Kiambu County Division Criminal Investigation Office (DCIO) has been charged with unlawfully giving out a pistol allocated to him by the government to unauthorized persons.
Senior Sergent Gabriel Rotich, who was in charge of the armoury, was arraigned before chief magistrate Mr Francis Andayi at Milimani Law Courts Nairobi on Friday.
The accused denied the charge of unlawful disposal of a government firearm contrary to section 26A(b) of the Firearm Act Chapter 114 of 2014.
State prosecutor Mr Solomon Naulikha told the magistrate that the police officer irregularly gave out the Ceska Pistol serial number C2P-07(C206652) to persons who were not “under his immediate command.”
Mr Naulikha said the act by Snr Sgt Rotich, who was incharge of the armoury, at the Kiambu County, Directorate of Criminal Investigations was contrary to the law.
The accused pleaded to be released on a reasonable bond saying he is married with six children who rely on him for their livelihood.
“I am married with six children and I’m their breadwinner. I’m a person of meager means and I also take care of my aging mother,” he submitted before the court.
He further told the court that as a police officer he is aware of the consequences of jumping bail.
“I will turn up for my trial. I won’t abscond, kindly release me on reasonable bail terms,” he pleaded.
The prosecutor did not oppose the bail plea.
“I am not instructed to oppose bail and I’m ready to furnish the accused with witness statements to prepare his defence,” said Mr Naulikha.
The magistrate directed the officer to pay a cash bail of Sh400,000 or deposit a bond of Sh500,000. The hearing of the case is set for March 1, 2018.