Sunday, 23 November 2014

seventeen charged for breaking curfew order

At least 17 people were charged on Monday before a Lamu county court for allegedly failing to comply with curfew orders imposed by the Inspector General of the National Police Service.

The suspects denied the charges when they were arraigned before acting principle magistrate Johnstone Munguti.

The accused, who included civil servants, were accused of failing to “comply with curfew orders issued to persons residing within Lamu county between 6:30 pm and 6:30 am”.

They were allegedly found at around 22:20 hours on October 26 this year within Mpeketoni town “drinking beer and shouting at Rocky Club in contravention to the curfew orders”. 

The ten men and seven women alleged, through lawyer Ken Njuguna, that they were beaten by police officers who arrested them.

Prosecutor Chief Inspector Caleb Mutonya told the court that the accused committed the offence contrary to section 8(1) of the public order act, chapter 56 of the constitution of Kenya.

The prosecuting counsel further told the court that suspects were found drinking while they were expected to stay indoors in accordance to the curfew orders.

Mr Mutonya also denied claims that the arresting officers assaulted the suspects.

 In his ruling Lamu acting principle magistrate Johnstone Munguti fined each of the accused persons Sh 1000 or in default serve three months in jail.

Mr Munguti directed Lamu West criminal investigation officer to record statements from the accused persons they were torched during interrogation.

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