Suspected gang behind Eastlands robberies remanded in police custody
Three men believed to be members of a gang behind a series of robberies and murders in Nairobi’s Eastlands area – were on Friday, December 2, 2022, charged at the Makadara Law Courts with robbery with violence.
They are Danson Musyoka Mulee and John Mutiso Makau alias Katitu who are facing three counts of violent robbery, and Brian Wambua Mbindyo who was charged with having 18 mobile phones suspected to have been stolen.
Mr Mulee and Mr Makau are accused of violently robbing Regina Wanjiku Chege of four mobile phones worth Sh37, 000 in the Umoja 3 estate in Nairobi while armed with a pistol on October 27 this year.
Ms Chege was shot several times during the robbery.
The two were also charged with violently robbing Nicodemus Mbuvi Munyasya, 38, who was shot dead in Savanah, Donholm estate in Nairobi on October 31 while walking home after visiting a bank.
The two are accused of robbing the deceased of a carrier bag containing foodstuffs of unknown value on October 31, 2022.
They are also accused of violently robbing Catherine Karimi of Sh220, 000 and two mobile phones in the Umoja 1 estate in Embakasi, Nairobi while armed with a pistol on October 19 this year.
Makau was separately charged with possession of ammunition without a firearm holding certificate contrary to section 4 (1) (2) as read with section (3) (a) of the Firearms Act of 2014.
The suspect is accused of having 15 rounds of ammunition on November 8th this year in circumstances that raised the presumption that the said ammunition was intended to be used in a manner prejudicial to public order without a firearm certificate.
Mulee and Mbindyo are jointly charged with having suspected stolen property after Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives recovered 18 mobile phones reasonably suspected to be stolen property from their house in Kayole estate in Nairobi on November 8th this year.
Mulee and Mbindyo are also jointly charged with stealing contrary to section 268 as read with section 275 of the penal code where they are accused of stealing Sh150, 000 and a mobile phone from Pamela Kisuu Musee at Daystar University in Mavoko sub-county of Machakos County on November 3.
A woman linked to the three suspects – Jane Omwinda was charged with conspiring with other suspects at large to steal Ms Chege’s phones on October 27th during the robbery where she was shot on her feet.
The suspects were arrested by the DCI’s Criminal Intelligence and Research Bureau (CRIB) detectives in connection with the robberies.
The four suspects denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Mary Njagi.
The prosecution made an application for Mr Mulee to be denied bail and bond owing to the fact that he is a flight risk. The state made an application to have Mr Mulee be held at the Githurai Mwiki police station for five days where he is wanted for investigations into a case of attempted murder.
Mr Mulee is accused of attempted murder of a police officer who he allegedly shot.
But he told the court through his lawyer, that the prayers by the prosecution to have him detained before trial amount to punishment prior to conviction.
He said investigators held him for nearly two months during which they should have concluded all the investigations on matters regarding him.
He said his father and wife were in court, ready to stand surety for him and promise to ensure he attends trial.
Mr Mulee said he is also ready to relocate to his rural home in Kitui County to be away from witnesses in the case.
Mr Mbindyo said he had settled the matter out of court with Ms Musee where he claimed to have paid her Sh140, 000 during the time he was in custody.
He said Ms Musee was ready to withdraw the charges against him; however, Ms Musee was not in court to withdraw the charges against him.
Ms Njagi remanded Mr Mulee and Mr Makau at the Githurai Mwiki police station and released Mbindyo on a bond of Sh250, 000 with a surety of a similar amount.
Ms Omwinda was released on a bond of Sh200, 000 with a surety of a like sum. The matter will be mentioned on December 9th for further directions on bond and bail terms and fixing of hearing dates.
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