EALA MP Simon Mbugua, three others in court over robbery with violence charges


EALA MP Simon Mbugua and three others have been arraigned in court over robbery with violence charges in connection in connection with the recent attack of NCBDA Chairperson.

The MP, Antony Otieno Ombok alias Jamal, and Benjamin Odhiambo alias Odhis   were charged that on30th April 2018 at Hotel Boulevard in Nairobi, jointly with others not before court, robbed Timothy Muriuki Mucheru Sh 100,000 and injured him immediately after the incident.

The three denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku.

The fourth suspect however, Stephen Sangitra Ochola who was separately presented before a different court  did not plead to the charges as the police were seeking more time to detain him in order to complete investigations.

The four were represented by lawyers     Cliff Ombeta, Nelson Havi, Michael Osundwa, and Harun Ndubi.

Lawyer Wahome Thuku was watching brief for the former Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA) chairman.

Prosecutor Solomon Naulikha did not oppose the release of the three charged on bond but requested the court to give harsh terms.

The prosecutor told the court that Mbugua is a very influential person hence likely to interfere with investigations.

In response, Havi told the court that Mbugua should be given a free bond since he is a public officer, making him “more than cooperative”.

On the Other side, the police were seeking seven days to complete investigations on Sangira.

Stephen Sangira before a Magistrate’s court in Nairobi.

He was arrested together with the other three on 8th May but the police believe he is involved in a series of other crimes in Nairobi and therefore need to carry out an identification parade.

The four were arrested after being linked to the attack on Muriuki during a press conference at Boulevard Hotel.
Mbugua, Ombok and Odhiambo were released on a bond of Sh 500,000 or a cash bail of Sh 200,000.
Sangira on the other hand was granted a cash bail of Sh 100,000 by Senor Resident Magistrate Miriam Mugure.
The case will be heard On 17 and 18th July and will be mentioned on 23rd May.