THE case against six men charged with stripping a woman and violently robbing her in Kayole may be withdrawn from court. Regina Nyambura yesterday filled an application to withdraw the case, saying she had forgiven her attackers.
Michael Kamau, Zachary Gitonga, Kelvin Njuguna, David Kinuthia, Lawrence Kuria and Hosea Kassim are charged with stripping and violently robbing Nyambura of her mobile phone, 61 eggs and Sh950 cash – total value Sh10,290.
The prosecution, however, rejected the application, saying the matter was of public interest and violent robbery is a serious offence.
There was a heated debate between the prosecution and the defence lawyer Samwuel Ayora after the prosecution told the court that it was not possible to withdraw the case as there was no sign language interpreter for one of the accused who is deaf and dumb.
Ayora said the prosecution had ample time to get the interpreter in court. He said the absence of the interpreter was the prosecution’s intention to delay the case.
The prosecution said the investigating officer is new as the previous one had gone on leave and they have documents to proceed with the matter to the hearing.
Makadara principal magistrate Caro Ocharo, however, said she does not see any urgency in withdrawing the case as Nyambura wants.
She urged Nyambura to consider the charges before withdrawing the matter. The case will be mentioned on March 11 when the withdrawal application will be heard.