The Star (Nairobi)

13 February 2013

Kenya: Machakos Police Imposter Arrested

A suspected police imposter was re-arrested in Machakos town after escaping from the court cells on Monday morning.

The man, in his early 30s, is said to have walked away briskly from the cells as warders were bringing in suspected criminals from Kamiti Prison.

The suspect was first arrested at the weekend and locked up at the Machakos police cells after being found with AP officers uniforms at his house in Machakos town.

He is also accused of robbery and harassing residents of Mung'ala in Machakos town will donning the uniform.

Machakos deputy police boss Philip Wambugu said they laid an ambush near his home and pounced on him as he returned home at 2am yesterday morning.

Apparently,the suspect was also arrested last year and charged in court with breaking into the offices of the Kenya forestry service in Mumbuni, Machakos and stealing several items including a set of uniforms.

He was acquitted after the investigating officer failed to turn up in court to testify against him and was subsequently discharged for lack of evidence.

However,police are investigating how the suspect sprung from the court cells unnoticed despite the heightened security including two gates armed by warders and police officers.

Last year,a suspected capital offender attempted to escape from the court cells by climbing to the roof but was noticed and apprehended before he could bolt to freedom.

He was thoroughly beaten by the warders who also assaulted a Kenya broadcasting corporation cameraman for filming the incident.

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