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Meru Senator Linturi charged with rape

Embattled Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has been charged with attempting to rape a 36-year-old woman.

While appearing before senior principal magistrate Martha Nanzushi at the Milimani Law Courts on September 14, 2021, the controversial senator was also charged with committing an indecent act.

The Prosecution alleges that on January 30, 2021, at 3am at Mayani villas hotel in Nanyuki, Laikipia East sub-county, Linturi intentionally attempted to rape a 36year old woman.

He is further accused that on the same date he committed an indecent act by intentionally touching the woman’s breast and private parts without her consent.

After denying the charges, the state through Evelyne Onunga did not object to Linturi’s release on bond but urged the court to grant him bail on conditions he should not interfere with witnesses either directly or indirectly through his proxies.

Linturi’s defence team led by lawyer Mothomi Thiankolu urged the court to release the Senator on reasonable bail terms.

The magistrate granted Linturi plea and ordered him to deposit a Ksh 500,000 bond or a bail of Ksh200,000.

The case will be mentioned on October 26, 2021.

His arraignment comes after he failed to stop his prosecution at the High Court late last month.

Separately, the politician is also involved in a battle over property with Maryanne Kaitany, her ex-lover. He has also been accused of forging his academic documents.