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Man denies raping woman and leaving her for dead on railway line

A man suspected of raping and placing a woman on the railway line to be run over by a train was on Monday charged with attempted murder.

Mr Steven Otieno Okalo was also charged with gang rape and committing an indecent act contrary to the Sexual Offences Act.

The accused, who appeared before Mombasa senior resident magistrate Edgar Kagoni, denied the charge and was remanded in custody.

Prosecutor Lillian Fundi had objected to the accused being released on bond, saying he does not have a known place where he lives hence it will be difficult to trace him to attend court for hearing of the case.

FLIGHT RISK

Ms Fundi further told the court that the accused is a flight risk and had been arrested by police through help from members of the public.

“The accused is facing very serious charges which attract heavy sentences if convicted hence a possibility that he may abscond and leave the jurisdiction of the court,” read part of an affidavit supporting an application to have the accuse denied bond.

The accused allegedly jointly with another not before court attempted unlawfully to cause the death of a woman by placing her on the railway line.

According to the prosecution, the accused in association with another not before court gang raped the woman.

The offences are alleged to have been committed on February 3 2017 at Kibarani area in Mombasa.

The case was fixed for hearing on April 11 for pre-trial before the hearing starts.