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Outrage over Kayole killer driver freed on bail

Kayole Police Station is in the spotlight over the release of a suspect who hit and killed a first year college student, Ms Agnes Nyambura.

The suspect was a boda boda rider who was testing his skills on a neighbour’s car. He hit Nyambura and her aunt, Ms Syphill Muthoni, at 7.30pm on Friday night as they were walking to their home in Kayole’s Junction area.

The engineering student at Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology died on the spot while her aunt broke her legs.

“We were coming back to the house from the shops. We saw the car parked outside. It’s headlights were on but it was stationary. Then suddenly it moved very fast and hit us,” Ms Muthoni said.

As they lay on the ground, she said, the driver reversed and hit Nyambura as she tried to rise.

“I survived because I lay on the ground. My legs were hurting. The car hit a wall and stopped and I found myself under it.”

RELEASED ON BAIL

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Nyambura’s peers stormed the police station together with relatives and residents of Junction area wanting to know why the culprit was released.

Kayole police chief Ali Nuno said the suspect, Mr Stephen Mathenge, was released on a Sh1,000 cash bail the same day.

“We are still investigating the circumstances under which he was released from custody,” he said. The Officer in charge of the station, Mr Robert Wabeire, was summoned for questioning at the county police headquarters.

Mr Nuno said he had directed officer Wabeire to produce the suspect in court immediately, as he was to appear in court on Monday, August 17, but did not. He said the station had also obtained a warrant of arrest against the suspect.

The car, registration number KAY 193G, is at Kayole Police Station. The case is being handled by the Divisional Criminal Investigations Office.

Nyambura’s mother, Lucy Njoki, said her second born daughter had been on a short break from college.