22 January 2013

Kenya: Kimaiyo Facebook 'Imposter' Collapses Over Sh0.5 Million Bail

The college student who impersonated Inspector General David Kimaiyo yesterday collapsed in the dock when a court imposed a Sh500,000 bail on him.

Jackson Siro, a student at the Kenya Technical Teachers College, changed his previous plea to not guilty when the case came up for mention before senior principal magistrate Lucy Mbugua.

Siro had last Friday admitted to the charges of impersonating Kimaiyo by creating a Facebook page, Inspector General David Kimaiyo Mwole, when he appeared before chief magistrate Kiarie Waweru.

He was also accused of creating and using another Facebook account, 100,000 likes for Inspector General Kimaiyo between last December 26 and January 17.

He admitted posting messages using the two accounts, causing annoyance, inconvenience and needles anxiety to Kimaiyo.

But when he was brought back to court for the reading of the facts yesterday, the accused changed his plea to not guilty.

Siro also denied another charge of posting offensive messages using the two accounts, contrary to the Kenya Information and Communication Act.

After denying all the charges, the magistrate imposed the Sh500,000 bail on him pending the hearing of the case on March 4. Siro collapsed immediately Mbugua read out the bail terms and was taken out of the court room by court orderlies.

The student had earlier been remanded at the Muthaiga police station following an application by prosecutor Onesmus Towett.

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