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Carpenter charged with threatening to kill KTN anchor

A carpenter has been charged with threatening to kill a KTN news anchor in revenge if a journalist earlier charged was not released from jail.

Mr Lawrence Joel Nyamao, alias Kepha Omanga Boundo, denied two counts of threatening to kill Ms Joy Doreen Biira.

He allegedly threatened the news presenter on January 17.

Mr Nyamao, 31, was arraigned before Milimani chief magistrate Mr Francis Andayi where state prosecutor Mr Daniel Karuri presented the charges drawn against him by the director of public prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko.

The DPP filed two charges against the suspects, namely of threats to kill and sending unprintable insults to the news anchor .

Mr Karuri told the magistrate that police have concluded investigations in the case which may earn the suspect a life time jail term on conviction.

The suspect, Lawrence Joel Nyamao, being led to the courtroom on February 10, 2017. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU
The suspect, Lawrence Joel Nyamao, being led to the courtroom on February 10, 2017. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU

The accused, who was undefended, looked composed when the charges were read to him.

He  applied to be admitted to bond after being informed of his constitutional rights by the magistrate.

“The constitution allows you to be released on bond and being tried within a reasonable time,” Mr Andayi informed the suspect.

The magistrate further informed the suspect to seek copies of witness statements recorded by the police to enable him prepare his defence.

Mr Karuri did not oppose the bail plea by the suspect adding, “ I will supply him with witness statements to enable him prepare his defence.”

Mr Andayi allowed the suspect’s bail request and directed that he deposists a cash bail of Sh300,000 until March 23, 2017 when his trial will commence.

Last month a KTN editor Aaron Ochieng was charged with stealing Ms Biira’s Mercedez Benz valued worth Sh2.8million.

He denied the charges and was released on a cash bail. The case is pending.