City billionaire businessman and founder of Kenya’s leading cosmetics company Interconsumer Products Ltd Paul Kinuthia, appeared in court this week in an ongoing case on the misuse of a firearm.
Mr Kinuthia, whose firm was acquired by one of the world’s largest multinationals L’Oreal in a deal estimated at more than Sh1.5 billion in 2013, is accused of firing bullets at random after an altercation with his wife at a hotel along Kiambu Road.
He stormed Sharks Palace Hotel in Muthaiga, fired gunshots and attempted to escape from the scene before police officers subdued and disarmed him, according to the prosecution’s testimony during the trial on Wednesday.
MISUSE OF AIREARM
According to the charge sheet, the incident happened on January 14, and he was charged in February with misuse of firearm. The hearing started on March 23.
The prosecution said Mr Kinuthia fired two rounds of ammunition in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace and also caused terror to the hotel’s bouncers Mr Eric Kiilu and Mr Paul Obwayo.
Mr Ongori Kwang’a, the hotel manager, told the court that he was in his office when he heard gunshots from outside.
“I left the office and found some customers lying down while others were running for their dear lives in confusion,” he told the court, adding that Mr Kinuthia had a gun but he could not tell who had fired the shots.
LICENSED FIREARM HOLDER
The club bouncer told Ms Mutuku that upon requesting for the firearm certificate from Mr Kinuthia, he said he had forgotten the document in his car. The businessman is a licensed firearm holder.
An officer who disarmed him told the court that the accused had tried to escape. The businessman, who is out on a cash bail, has denied the charge.
The hearing resumes on May 2.