Two police officers accused of drugging and raping a suspect
Police in Tigania Central sub-county are on the spot after a female suspect accused them of rape.
The woman told Tigania Resident Magistrate Paul Wechuli that two officers based at the Mulika Police station spiked her milk before raping her.
The woman, who had been locked up at the station on Monday for malicious damage, said she was later released on Sh30,000 police bail pending appearance in court.
The suspect is accused of destroying a mattress, assorted clothes and three plastic containers worth Sh70,000 belonging to her husband Henry Kaberia Karumpa who reported the matter to police.
However, the next day when she appeared at the court to plead to the charges, she was told police had not brought her file in court.
When she went to the station to inquire about the file, she was re-arrested and locked up alone in a separate cell.
Defence lawyer Kennedy Nyamokeri accused police of drugging his client before raping her and failing to present the cash bail in court.
PACKET OF MILK
“Your honour, it is very sad that the accused woke up in a police cell and realized she had been sexually assaulted by the same officers who gave her a packet of milk,” said Nyamokeri.
He went on: “My application is that the officers commanding (OCS) Mulika police be summoned in court in efforts to identify the rogue officers. Police have not even presented the cash bail that my client deposited at the station.”
“l have information that the OCS is even aware of the heinous act by the officers in the station, these kind of things should not be happening in modern Kenya,” said Mr Nyamokeri.
Mr Wechuli had to release the suspect on free bond so that she could undergo treatment.
TOP OFFICERS SUMMONED
He also summoned senior police officers over the rape claims.
Following an application by his lawyer to have the matter investigated by officers from a different police station, the magistrate ordered Tigania East DCIO to investigate the matter and accompany the victim to Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital for treatment.
The court also summoned the OCS Mulika police station and Tigania East police boss Charles Koskey to tell the court why police booked a suspect in custody while she had deposited a police cash bail and issued a receipt.