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Motorbike rider charged with attempted robbery

A bodaboda rider who allegedly attempted to rob a motorcyclist of his mobile phone while armed with a knife has been charged with attempted robbery with violence.

Kelvin Njau Ndung’u is accused of attempting to rob John Okene Endesia of his phone at the junction of Bongani and Mangandi roads in Langata sub-county on July 21.

He was with an accomplice who escaped with his motorcycle during the incident in which Endesia was rescued by bodaboda riders.

Endesia was on the way to Rongai where he was to do some electrical installation work and was riding slowly on the pavement while making a phone call when Ndung’u who was also riding a motorcycle hit him from behind.

Ndungu allegedly brandished a knife and demanded Endesia’s phone as his accomplice accosted the complainant.

Endesia, who was carrying his two friends, resisted and raised an alarm attracting other riders who intervened.

Ndung’u’s was detained by bodaboda riders at the scene before police were called in but his accomplice who was his pillion passenger sped off with the bike during the midday melee.

He denied the charges before senior resident magistrate Charles Mwaniki.

The suspect was freed on a bond of Sh300,000 with an alternative cash bail of Sh150,000.