Defense hearing of a Somali accused of assaulting Kenyan politician adjourned


The defense hearing of a Somali National accused of assault by a Kenyan Politician has been adjourned for the second time.

Makadara law courts magistrate Eunice Kimaiyo heard that the accused, Jamal Mohammed was unwell and could therefore not attend court.

“We request the court to allow an adjournment because the accused has been taken ill and could not make it to court,” his Lawyer Cohen Amanya told court.

The prosecution had objected application claiming it was the second time the defense were seeking for an adjournment in the matter.

The court however allowed the application and set the matter to be mentioned on 16th October 2018.

Jamal, also an American citizen is charged with assaulting and causing grievous harm to Kenyan politician Hussein Mohammed.

In July 2018, Jamal requested to have the matter adjourned on grounds that he was not ready to present his evidence.

The court found that the accused had a case to answer placed him on his defense on 2nd July 2018 where he informed the court  that he was going to call five witnesses who would testify in his favor.

Jamal who is accused of committing the offence on 17th September at Eastleigh 7th street in Nairobi denied the charges and was released on a bond of Sh 300,000 pending determination of the matter.

He was also charged with being unlawfully present in Kenya in that he did not have a pass or permit allowing him the same.

The court however acquitted him of the charge on grounds that the prosecution failed to table enough evidence before court to prove he was illegally in the country.

According to reports, the accused is alleged to have disappeared  from his hotel room after committing the offence and only surrendered to the police after knowing he was wanted and could not travel out of the country.