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How Githurai driver’s clothes linked him to sex attack on female passenger

The clothes worn by a man accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger in a Githurai 44 bus in Nairobi were found in his house, a trial court heard on Monday.

Mr Nicholas Mwangi reportedly had a white T-shirt and a green cap, which police found at his house in Githurai, a witness said.

“The same clothes are the ones he wore in the video depicting the molestation that was posted on social media,” said Mr Absalom Maleya.

He said he was part of a team that impounded a mini-bus and arrested Mr Mwangi and his conductor in connection with the stripping and sexual assault of the female passenger identified as XYZ.

TRAILED BUS

The officer said they trailed the bus from the city centre up to GSU on the Thika Superhighway on November 27, 2014.

The witness was testifying in a case in which Mr Mwangi, a driver and Mr Meshack Mburu, a conductor, are jointly charged alongside Mr Edward Ndung’u Kamau.

He said Mr Mwangi led them to his house where they found the clothes. Senior State Counsel Duncan Ondimu asked the court to admit the clothes as exhibits.

The accused denied the charges and were remand after the court declined to grant them bond. Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui is representing them.

Led in his evidence in chief by Mr Ondimu, Mr Maleya said after arresting the two he ordered the conductor to return passengers’ fare.

He said they escorted the accused persons to Kasarani Police Station. The bus was towed to the same station.

PRIVATE PARTS

The charge states that the accused on the night of September 19 and 20, 2014 at Millennium Petrol Station in Githurai 44 Estate of Kasarani Sub-County, Nairobi jointly with others not before court they unlawfully touched the passenger’s private parts.

They are also charged with robbing the complainant of mobile phones, cash and a bag all valued at Sh43,700 and used violence against her.

The hearing was adjourned until January 11, 2016.