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Mbugua, two accomplices charged with violent robbery freed on bail

East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) lawmaker Simon Mbugua and two others were yesterday charged with robbery with violence in connection with the assault of former NCBDA chairman Timothy Muriuki.

Mbugua, Anthony Otieno Ombok Alias Jamal and Benjamin Odhiambo Onyango Alias Odhis appeared before Nairobi senior principle magistrate Martha Mutuku.

They denied the charge and were released on a Sh200,000 cash bail each. They were ordered to deposit copies of their national Identification cards in court pending the hearing and determination of the case. Mbugua and his co-accused were remanded until 2pm when bond ruling was delivered.

The prosecution had sought stringent bail  terms for the MP to ensure he attend hearing. Prosecutor Solomon Naulkha also said Mbugua was influential and could interfere with witnesses.

But the magistrate said the prosecution failed to prove the accused were a flight risk or could interfere with witnesses and investigations. The three, who were arrested on Tuesday, are accused of robbing Muriuki of Sh100,000 and injuring him at Hotel Boulevard in Nairobi.

They were represented by lawyers Cliff Ombeta, Harun Ndubi, Nelson Havi and Mike Osunwa while the complainant, Muriuki, is represented by Wahome Thuku. Meanwhile in another court, journalist Stephen Sangira, who is also linked to Muriuki’s assault, was released on Sh100,000 cash bail after police sought more time to complete investigations.

He was not charged. Senior Resident Magistrate Miriam  Mugure declined a plea by the police to have him locked up for seven days.

Investigating officer Francis Mwita said police needed time to conduct an identification parade, saying they believe  Sangira is connected to a series of other offences committed in the city. The case will be mentioned on May 23.

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