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Four suspected kidnappers freed after complainants withdraw case

For robbery suspects who had been accused of abducting two men and demanding Sh100,000 in ransom from the vcitims’ families have been freed after the complainants withdrew the case.

Kennedy Otieno Ochieng’, Paul Nderitu Kiriko, Simon Macharia Njoroge and Vincent Omondi Odero reportedly abducted James Mukoma and Charles Maina Munga on July 20, 2020 at Sabasaba area in Kayole, Embakasi Sub County in Nairobi.

CASE WITHDRAWN

The four were to be charged with assaulting Mukoma and Munga, but the two complainants withdrew the case against them.

Ochieng’ was to be separately charged with impersonating a police officer after he falsely presented himself to Munga as a police officer.

The victims were rescued by six detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Kayole offices who stormed a lounge where Mukoma and Munga were being detained by the four men.

The detectives stormed the hotel after the victims’ relatives made distress calls as the captors demanded for money.

Mukoma had been forced to withdraw Sh5000 which he surrendered to Ochieng’ together with his mobile phone. Ochieng’ was also found with Mukoma’s ID and driving licence.

IMPERSONATION

The cash and phone were recovered from the suspect during a search after they were arrested.

The Kayole DCI offices had obtained orders at the Makadara Law Courts to investigate the suspects for robbery and abduction but charged them with assault and impersonating a police officer.

Mukoma and Mumga said they had forgiven the suspects after they catered for their medical treatment.

While setting them free, Kibera Law Courts Chief Magistrate Joyce Gandani ordered any property belonging to the suspects held by police to be released.

Through their lawyer, the suspects also sought orders to have their car released to them.