• Tuesday, 25 June 2024
DCI seeks to detain 6 people among the 4 police officers in connection to a ksh 2.2 million robbery in Utawala

DCI seeks to detain 6 people among the 4 police officers in connection to a ksh 2.2 million robbery in Utawala

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is seeking 14 days to continue detaining six people, among them four police officers, arrested in connection with a Ksh.2.2 million robbery in Utawala.

Police Inspector Domnick Omondi petitioned the Milimani Law Courts to have the six suspects detained pending the conclusions of investigations.

The four officers attached at Kasarani Police Station are; Sergent Antony Ndegwa Anwal, Corporal Daniel Lekakeny Sunkuli, Constable Simon Macharia Maina, and Constable Antony Mwenda while the two civilian suspects are Lukas Magwaga and Young Wakise.

According to court documents the six are facing three counts of stealing from a locked motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit a felony, and handling stolen property.

They were arrested on Thursday while in possession of Ksh.473,000, believed to be part of the Ksh.2.2 million allegedly stolen from Rophine International School's accountant car, which was broken into at the institution’s parking lot.

The officers were later ambushed inside a police vehicle at the Kasarani Police Station parking lot.

The applicant argues that the 14 days will enable him to pursue other suspects connected to the incident, recover the missing cash amount and mount more evidence against the suspects including analyzing the CCTV footage.

The DCI also cited the position of officers as law enforcers, saying if released, they are likely to interfere with witnesses, further adding that all the suspects are a flight risk.

“The extension of days sought in the application will allow the Applicant's investigators to complete investigations, particularly; pursuing other suspects who are at large and well known to them and also assisting in the recovery of the motor vehicle used in the commission of the offence and recovery of the remaining amount and also identify M-pesa shops where money was allegedly withdrawn by statement recording,” read court documents.

“The Respondents some of whom are police officers are likely to interfere with witnesses if released on bond or cash bail. The 5th and 6th respondents do not have fixed abode and therefore a flight risk. It is in the interest of justice to issue the order sought herein.”

The court on Friday stated that it will make a ruling on the application on Monday at 3pm.

It further directed that the four officers be detained at the Kayole Police Station while the two civilians be held at Ruai Police Station until then.

In the incident captured on CCTV, the complainant Victor Peter Owino recorded that he had withdrawn Ksh.2,361,000 from Family Bank Utawala Branch which was meant to pay salaries of casual workers.

He parked his car outside the school compound and went inside the school with only Kshs.161,000 only to come back and find the remaining Ksh.2.2 million missing.

Later footage by the CCTV showed three suspects on a saloon car alighting and gaining entry into the complainant's motor vehicle and walking away with a brown envelope believed to be containing the money.

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