Pilot Alistair remanded until Monday by Nyandarua court

By KBC Reporter

Pilot Alistair Patrick Llewelyn who was captured on video assaulting a female police Constable Mercy Wandera on Sunday this week has been remanded in custody until Monday next week. 

Llewelyn, an Australian national, was arraigned before Engineer town Senior Resident Magistrate Martin Mutegi charged with two counts of assault and causing disturbance.

He pleaded not guilty to the offences.

The prosecution asked the court not to release him on bail terming him a flight risk, as he could escape justice and flee back to his mother country.

The pilot suffered double tragedy after he was fired by his employer Kwae Island Development Limited which operates helicopter 5Y-DSN that flew Deputy President William Ruto to Nyandarua on Sunday February 21, 2016 where the altercation occurred.

Kenyans on social media who were outraged by Llewelyn’s assault on corporal Mercy Wandera had called for his deportation.

They reacted to the clip via Twitter hash tag #DeportRutosPilot, with many condemning the act as inappropriate.

The pilot surrendered to police at Kilimani police station in Nairobi on Tuesday following calls by Inspector General of police, Joseph Boinnet for his arrest.

In a statement on Tuesday, Boinnet termed the incident unfortunate, saying that police are investigating the matter with a view of charging the pilot with the crime.

Llewelyn was held at the station and then taken to Engineer police station in Kinangop, Nyandarua County, where he recorded a statement.

At the same time, the police officer assaulted by the pilot has also recorded her statement.

The officer Mercy Wandera a corporal recorded her statement at the same station.  Speaking on phone, Kinangop OCPD Yawa Chome confirmed that the junior officer had recorded a statement over the incident.

“The corporal who is attached at Haraka police station has recorded a statement over the incident and investigations are going on,” he said.

Chome said that the officer was part of several officers dispatched from various stations in the division to offer security during the church service.

Michael Munene , the man who recorded the video clip that went viral was also interrogated by police over the incident.

The clip has been circulating on social networks showing the pilot, a Briton , attacking a uniformed policewoman during a confrontation.

In the amateur clip, the pilot is clearly seen getting into a confrontation with the police officer at Ndunyu Njeru in Nyandarua County, then shoves her aside shouting.

The Deputy President was in Nyandarua that Sunday, where he attended a church service.

Munene described the pilot as arrogant terming the incident as humiliating and dehumanizing for the police officer.

“The mishandling of the policewoman was humiliating and dehumanizing by a white pilot for no apparent reason,” he said.

Munene added that during the incident, the crowd became hostile and hurled insults at the pilot who was unperturbed.

“Things would have gotten out of hand after the attack on the police officer but the residents kept their cool as they were aware that the chopper was ferrying the DP,” he said.

On Tuesday his employer, Kwae Island Development Limited terminated his services terming the incident as unfortunate.

Meanwhile, Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) National Chairperson, Rahab Mwikali has condemned the act by the pilot act saying it demeans and violates the status of women in the Society.

Mwikali is urging the state organs and other stakeholders charged with execution of the law to impose a heavy penalty on the pilot to serve as a deterrent measure.

  

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