Nine Kisumu County enforcement officers have been released on a bond of Sh80,000 after denying charges of causing grievous bodily harm to a female hawker.
The nine city ‘askaris’, who appeared before Magistrate Martha Agutu on Friday, were accused of dragging Beatrice Magolo, 38 on a speeding pick up on Wednesday together with other three colleagues who were not present at the court.
Lawyer Gerald Kadede who represented the suspects told the court that his clients were performing their duties as prescribed in their appointment contracts.
He pleaded that his defendants be freed on bond since all of them are their family’s breadwinners.
The Prosecution argued that the matter was a serious crime that violated the woman’s human rights and should attract life imprisonment.
A team of lawyers represented the plaintiff including the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kisumu chapter, Law Society of Kenya and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC).
Led by lawyer Jackline Ingutia from KHRC, they demanded the court to warn the suspects, their relatives, and colleagues to refrain from contacting the victim during the trial period
While giving the verdict, Magistrate Agutu warned the accused against contacting or threatening the complainant or/and the case witnesses.
The case will be mentioned on 13th April 2021 while the hearing is set for 20th of the same month.