Bernice Mbugua @BerniceMuhindi
Quack doctor James Mugo Ndichu alias Mugo wa Wairimu will be detained at Pangani Police Station for 10 days.
Nairobi senior resident magistrate Ben Nzakyo allowed police to hold him to complete investigations into his operating of an illegal clinic.
He ordered police to take him to the hospital for treatment after he claimed to have been assaulted by police during an arrest.
The prosecution, through an affidavit by investigating officer George Oyier, wanted Mugo detained for 14 days. He said Mugo has four other pending cases of similar nature and releasing him would jeopardise investigations.
The court heard that the investigating officers needed more time to analyse phone records and get witness statements. Further, at the time of arrest on Tuesday, Mugo was found with three handsets and six Simcards
The affidavit states that Mugo will face charges of unlawfully carrying on the business of a pharmacist while he is not registered as a pharmacist, operating a medical laboratory without registration and license and operating a medical clinic without registration.
He will face an additional charge of obtaining money by false pretences. “The respondent is a flight risk and should remain in custody pending detailed investigations on his continued criminal activities,” said Oyier.
The court heard that police carried out an operation at Milan Health International, which Mugo reportedly owns in Kayole, Nairobi, on November 3, and since then Mugo went into hiding and could not be traced.
Mugo, in response, asked the court to reduce the number of custody days, adding that he was disadvantaged as he did not have legal representation.
Nzakyo directed him to lodge a formal complaint at Pangani Police station over the alleged assault by police. The case will be mentioned on November 23.