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Two former inmates charged with violent robbery after prison release

Two former inmates recently released from jail, held for robbery with violence, were charged with similar charges at the Makadara Law Courts.

Fredrick Otieno Owendo and Kelvin Njani are facing two charges of robbery with violence contrary to section 296 (2) of the penal code after allegedly robbing two pedestrians in Njiru, Nairobi, last month.

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In the first count, the two are accused of violently robbing Monica Mutio of a mobile phone worth Sh32 000, cash of Sh2, 250, a phone charger valued at Sh1, 500, and a handbag valued at Sh400 on June 29 while armed with knives.

They committed the alleged offence jointly with others at large and are accused of using violence on the victim, who they allegedly beat up during the robbery.

In the second charge, the duo was charged with robbing businessman John Okello of a mobile phone worth Sh35, 000 and Sh7, 200 on June 26.

They stabbed the victim severally and assaulted him during the alleged robbery.

They are also facing charges of assault after they allegedly beat Mr Okello’s wife, Irene Wayua, who they beat up after she attempted to rescue her husband during the robbery.

They are accused of causing her actual bodily harm contrary to section 25 of the penal code.

Mr Okello was walking home at around 10 pm when he was stopped by two men armed with knives.

Immediately he stopped. Other men emerged from the darkness and started assaulting him before they robbed him of his phone and cash, and a wallet containing personal documents.

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While lying down where he was being beaten, his wife coincidentally found him on her way to a shop and confronted the thugs urging them to stop and spare her husband.

The suspects grabbed and floured her before they assaulted her. They then left after ransacking and stealing from both.

Ms Mutio, on the other hand, met the two suspects at the Kirima area in Njiru at around 6 am. While on her way to open her business, she was robbed of her bag containing the phone, cash, and charger.

The two suspects and their accomplices stabbed her with a knife, and she returned home after being robbed. She went to the hospital and later reported the matter to police.

The accused persons robbed Ms Mutio exactly three days after robbing Okello. When the police arrested them, all the victims were able to identify them as among those who robbed them.

Owendo and Njani denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Lewis Gatheru.

They were released on a bond of Sh300, 000.

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