Abandoned after a car stuck in the mud

A man denied robbery with violence charges before a Nanyuki court.

Eric Mawira was charged that on November 5, 2015 at Muthaiga Estate, Laikipia County, together with one Charles Maina who earlier this week was arraigned in court for the same offence and another suspect at large, while armed with dangerous weapons namely pangas and knives, they robbed one Purity Wamuyu of a car, two mobile phones, a television set, a laptop and cash shs.8, 000 all totaling to shs.1, 077,000.

The court heard that at around 3.30 am while Wamuyu was asleep, she received a phone call, ignored it but after 30 minutes, she was awoken by three men entered her unlocked bedroom.

The three demanded money and she gave them shs.8, 000 before proceeding to ransack her house taking her laptop, mobile phones and then demanded for her car keys before commanding her to give out her ATM card and pin number.

She gave out the key and a wrong pin number but when they failed to start the car, they commanded her to drive it.

Meanwhile, one gangster left for the bank to withdraw the money while the others commanded Wamuyu to drive towards Likii area.

The complainant was ordered to drive through a rough road and since it had rained, the car got stuck in the mud.

On realizing the car would not yield, the thugs were forced to abandon the car and the complainant.

Luckily, a Good Samaritan rescued Wamuyu who then reported the matter at Nanyuki police station and through Safaricom, investigations were launched.

Last week, Charles Maina, who had claimed to have bought Wamuyu’s stolen phone, was arrested after a phone track and arraigned in court on Monday this week where he denied the allegations.

He mentioned Mawira, from whom he had bought the phone, who was yesterday arrested and charged with the offence.

The matter would be consolidated and heard on March 1, 2016.Meanwhile, the two will be released after execution of a bond of shs.500, 000 each.

By Kimani Tirus