Bodaboda riders accused of assaulting female motorist arraigned in court

Some of the bodaboda riders at Milimani Law Courts. Photo/Suek.

Bodaboda operators arrested in connection with the assault of a female motorist in Nairobi have been produced in court.

The 16 suspects will face charges of robbery with violence and sexual assault.

The investigating officer made an application at Milimani Chief Magistrates court to detain the suspects for 20 days to complete investigations.

According to officer Inspector Lyvonne Mwanzia, she needs time to interview and record statements from witnesses.

The investigator also needs time to request for call data from service providers so that they can trace the movements of the accused persons.

“I need to take the suspects’ mobile phones to cybercrime unit DCI headquarters for forensic analysis,” officer Mwanzia told court.

The court further heard that the investigating officer needs time to retrieve CCTV footages from Barabara Tano along Wangari Mathai rd where the incident horrific incident happened for forensic analysis.

In addition, the police need time to arrest the rest of the suspects.

The victim was involved in a minor road accident with a boda boda rider along Wangari Mathai rd on 4th March 2022.

“Suddenly, a group of bodaboda riders who at Barabara Tano stage moved to where her vehicle had stopped and attacked her accusing her of hitting one of their colleagues,” the officer testified.

They started assaulting her sexually and stole her mobile phone.

The bodaboda riders presented in court include James Mutinda, Samuel Wafula, Charles Omondi, Japheth Bosire, Hassan Forah, Wanjuki Lincon, Joseph Ngugi, Lenson Fundi, Harrison Maina, Benjamin Ngure, Ignatius Shitekha, Martin Kamau, Shadrack Ambia, Shadrack Kioko, Cliff Gikobi and Joseph Kibui.

The court will make a ruling on 10th March on whether the suspects will be detained for the sought days.

According to the DCI, a hunt for the mastermind of the offence Zachary Nyaora Obadia is ongoing.