Kiambu: suspect, who declined to take plea on Monday on the pretext that he was not feeling well and required medical attention, was finally arraigned at the Kiambu court facing a total of 17 capital offenses.
Laban Wangwe Wekesa appeared before Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Ms. Stella Atambo to answer to 7 counts of robbery with violence, 2 counts of rape and performing indecent acts with an adult, 6 counts of handling stolen property and 2 counts of burglary.
The accused who appeared composed, was charged that on May 11, 2017 at Muchatha area in Kiambaa sub county, within Kiambu county, jointly with others not present in court, he robbed Beth Wairimu Mutonga of one gas cooker of Sh 5000 and one TV set worth Sh 28,995 all valued at Sh 33995, and immediately before the time of such robbery threatened to use force on the said Wairimu.
In the 2nd count, he allegedly handled suspected stolen property on 15th May 2017 at Muchatha area, otherwise in the course of stealing dishonestly undertook the retention of one gas cylinder and one TV, knowing or having reason to believe them to be stolen goods.
In the 3rd case in Muchatha area, he was charged that on 14th May 2017 at about 0200 hours, jointly with others not present in court, being armed with a dangerous weapon namely a knife, allegedly robbed Edah Wakio Salim of her mobile phone, worth Sh 6,200.
The accused also faced another count of handling stolen goods.
It is alleged that on 15th May 2017, he dishonestly retained one mobile phone, worth Sh 6,200, while knowing it to be stolen property.
In the 4th case, he was charged that on 10th May at Muchatha, while armed with dangerous weapons namely a knife, he robbed Mercy Mugure of her TV set valued at Sh 27,000.
In the 5th case, the accused faces an alternative charge of handling suspected stolen property on 15th May 2017 in Muchatha, and that in the course of stealing, he dishonestly received or retained one TV set, knowing or having reason to believe them to be stolen goods.
In the 6th case, he was charged that on the 12th day of May 2017 in Muchatha area, jointly with others not present before court, while armed with knives robbed Joseph Muguna of his mobile phone and Sh3,600, all valued at Sh 8,500 and immediately before the time of such robbery stabbed and struck Muguna on his right hand.
In the 7th case, he was charged that on 18th December 2015 at Ruaka within Kiambu county, while armed with a knife, he allegedly robbed Catherine Njeri Kanyoro of her mobile phone valued at Sh 25,000 shillings, flash disk worth 2000 shillings and cash amounting to 1,200 shillings and transferred 5000 from her Mpesa account to his, and immediately before the time of such robbery, he used actual violence to the said Njeri.
In the second count of the 7th case, he was charged that on the same day, he allegedly had carnal knowledge of Catherine Njeri Kanyoro and he also faced an alternative charge of performing an indecent act, where he was accused of touching the private parts of Njeri against her will.
The accused is also facing other charges of robbery with violence, multiple charges of burglary and unlawfully having carnal knowledge on diverse dates.
The court heard that at the time of arrest on 15th May 2015 at Muchatha area, he had in his possession a sub woofer, 2 speakers, home theatre with speakers, Govt decoder, HTC phone, Wiko phone, Techno phone all believed to be stolen property.
The accused who appeared calm during the plea pleaded not guilty to all counts of robbery with violence, rape and performing indecent acts with an adult and burglary, but pleaded guilty to 5 counts of handling stolen goods.
The magistrate said she would mention his case on 9th June 2017 for bond terms and reading of facts for the charges he pleaded guilty to.
Wangwe had appeared before Kiambu chief magistrate Mrs. Patricia Gichohi on Monday 22nd May, but pleaded to be spared from taking plea as he said he was in pain after officers from Karuri police station allegedly assaulted him during his arrest and interrogation.