Woman charged with injuring police officer during night raid on Nairobi bar
A 30-year-old woman who allegedly injured a female police officer as she restrained her from jumping out of a police car has been charged in court.
Ms Melvin Njeri has been charged with willfully assaulting and injuring police constable Caroline Maina on September 18, 2023, contrary to section 103 (a) of the National Police Service (NPS) Act of 2011.
Ms Njeri is also facing charges of willfully and unlawfully resisting arrest from police officers who were duly executing their duty in contravention of the same Act after she allegedly declined to be arrested by Ms Maina and her two colleagues.
The suspect was allegedly among revelers found at a bar that was operating before opening hours. Ms Main and her colleagues were part of a multi-agency team that was arresting bar owners operating illegally in the area when they found Ms Njeri and others hiding at Hideout Bar where they were taking alcohol at 2pm.
While other revelers were being rounded up, Ms Njeri allegedly became violent and resisted being arrested by the police officers.
She was eventually subdued by the officers and bundled into a police vehicle but she allegedly attempted to jump out, prompting Ms Maina to restrain her. During the scuffle, Ms Njeri allegedly injured Ms Maina on the hand after twisting it.
After she was taken to the police station, the accused further injured Ms Maina again on the leg.
Ms Njeri denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Hellen Okwany at the Makadara Law Courts and pleaded for lenient bail and bond terms, claiming she has young children depending on her.
The accused was released on a cash bail of Sh100,000 with the case set for mention on November 8, 2023 before the hearing starts on March 21, 2024.
Ms Maina was treated at a local clinic and treatment notes will be used as exhibits in the case alongside a P3 form which has been filed by a clinical officer at the clinic.