11 January 2013

Kenya: 'Bogus' Cop Waiganjo Rearrested

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Crime scene (file photo).

A Nyeri court issued an warrant of arrest to police imposter Joshua Karianjahi hours after he was been released on bond. His relative had just finished processing his Sh4 million bond, when police officers from Nyeri arrived in Naivasha seeking to have the accused arrested.

A Naivasha court had released Waiganjo on the Sh4 million bond and three sureties of the same amount in a case where he is facing 12 charges.

The Nyeri CID officers said the accused absconded from court three years ago and a warrant of arrest had been issued. The officers told the court that the accused was in 2010 charged with impersonation but he went missing.

The magistrate, however, overruled the charge saying that the accused needed time to inform his lawyers on the new charge. The magistrate directed that the matter be handled by Naivasha senior principal magistrate Esther Boke on January 15.

On Wednesday, Waiganjo was charged with four counts of robbery with violence along the Nairobi Nakuru highway. He was charged of violently robbing Francis Ng'ang'a and Dismas Mwangi off a lorry, cash and personal effects valued over Sh4 million on 17 August 2012 in Kikopey. The accused denied all the counts and the case will come up for hearing on the 23rd of January 2013.

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