University Of Nairobi Student To Spend Five Days In Jail For SMS Threats

by Mahakamani News
Alex Anyolo Kikuyu before court

A master’s degree student at the University of Nairobi (UON) appeared in court yesterday on allegations of threatening to kill Busia County Woman Representative Florence Mutua.

Mr Alex Anyolo Kikuyu (right) denied threatening Ms Mutua with death on May 27, 2019 through messages sent via his three mobile phones.

In the messages, Ms Mutua had been warned against walking alone around the Parliament roundabout or visiting Hotel Intercontinental because “some politicians have allegedly hired mercenaries to assassinate her”.

Disputing those claims Mr Kikuyu stated: “The facts … presented before this court … do not disclose an offence of threatening to kill the lawmaker.”

Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Peter Ooko, Mr Kikuyu urged the court to decline a police request to detain him for seven days at the Central Police Station as investigations conclude and to allow them to record witness statements.

“I’m not a flight risk. I’m married with a young child and my youthful wife is expectant,” Mr Kikuyu said.

State counsel Susan Kurunga opposed the bail request, saying police were yet to record witness statements and interrogate the suspect. Some 13 national identity cards were recovered from him, as well as 37 Safaricom and 23 Telkom used SIM card plates.

Mr Ooko ordered police to detain the suspect for five more days and produce him in court on June 13 for further direction.

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