Mysterious witness in trouble after police dig out criminal past
The man who captured public attention after he claimed to have witnessed two high-profile accidents in a span of a week has a criminal record.
Police arrested him in Ruiru on Thursday.
Preliminary investigation have revealed that he was charged at the Kwale law court for impersonating a Kenya Air Force officer in 2014.
He jumped bail for the charge and an arrest warrant was issued against him.
Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro confirmed the arrest on Friday adding that police wanted to confirm his identity.
“He is being detained in one of the stations. We want to know his character: Who is this man? Even the identity we need to know…you might find he is Ugandan,” Mr Muhoro said.
He claimed to be a state pilot during an interview with NTV after the helicopter accident in Lake Nakuru.
A few days later, he told Citizen TV that he was behind Governor Wahome Gakuru’s Mercedes Benz before the crash.
Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Wednesday promised to investigate and unveil who the “witness-in-chief” is.
“It is said that there is an individual who appeared in both accident scenes. It is claimed that he is a police officer. I will find out if it is true he is an officer or not. If yes, then I will be interested in knowing what he was doing at those two scenes,” said Mr Boinnet.
DISPUTED POLICE VERSION
At the scene of the road accident, the “witness” disputed a police version that a tyre burst caused the accident, which saw the governor’s car ram a guard rail, saying the driver lost control of the vehicle as he tried to avoid hitting a motorcycle ferrying meat.
“I was on my way to Nairobi from Nyeri when the accident happened,” he said, adding that he actually spoke to the governor who reportedly told him he was hurt in the leg.