Man in court for biting KRA officer’s finger over tax collection

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 25 Nov, 2021 13:15 | < 1 min read
John Chege Macharia at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi. PHOTO/SHEILA MUTUA

A 29-year-old man has been arraigned in court and charged with assaulting a KRA officer by biting his thumb over tax collection.

John Chege Macharia who was charged at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi is alleged that on November 17, 2021, at Mawazo Sacco offices along Jogoo Road in Nairobi unlawfully assaulted IP Victor Wamukota who was at the time of the said assault acting in due execution of his duties as a police officer.

The accused is also facing a second count of resisting arrest.

Particulars of the charge are that on the same date and time at Mawazo Sacco offices he resisted lawful arrest by officers Victor Wamukota, Amos Okoth and Dennis Onzares.

According to a police report seen by K24 Digital, on the material date, a contingent of police officers had accompanied KRA officials along Jogoo Road to collect tax.

“The said team entered Mawazo Sacco offices where they found a person in the office upon which the accused person was asked to accompany the KRA officials for operating the business with expired fire certificate but the said suspect resisted arrest” the report read in part.

During that commotion, the police officer IP Wamukota came in to assist the KRA officers to arrest the suspect but it’s alleged the suspect became violent and bit the officer on his left thumb.

John pleaded not guilty before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Wendy Mucheni and was granted a cash bail of Ksh20,000 or an alternative bond of Ksh20,000.

The magistrate has also ordered the accused to raise his complaint with IPOA after his lawyer claimed he was given a thorough beating at the Central police station. 

The case has also been allocated to court 9 for pre-trial on December 9, 2021.

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