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Ruto’s pilot denies assaulting police officer despite damning video

A helicopter pilot who was captured on video shoving and hurling abuses at a police officer was on Wednesday charged with causing disturbance and assault.

Captain Alistair Patrick Llewelyn was arraigned at Engineer Law Courts in Kinangop, Nyandarua County, where he denied both charges.

He will remain in police custody until Monday when the court will make a ruling on the bond application by his lawyer. The court will also authenticate documents on his nationality.

The pilot had spent Tuesday night in police custody after he was arrested in Nairobi and driven back to Nyandarua where the crime took place.

He had flown Deputy President William Ruto to a church fundraiser at Ndunyu Njeru, and was captured on video reacting angrily to Corporal Mercy Wandera’s crowd control skills.

As crowds surged towards the helicopter, a visibly agitated Mr Llewelyn confronted Ms Wandera, slapped her and shoved her around, accusing her of failing in her duties.

On Tuesday Kenyans reacted angrily to the video clip, which was circulated widely on social media.