‘She is my girlfriend’ – man captured while driving with door wide open and woman screaming for help in viral video tells court

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 21 Mar, 2022 15:40 | < 1 min read
James Kibe and his girlfriend at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi (left) vs screenshot of the viral video taken on Thika Rd. PHOTO/SHEILA MUTUA & COURTESY

Milimani Law Courts has suspended the driving licence of a man who was captured in a viral video while driving Probox along Thika Road with a woman passenger who was screaming for help.

Senior Principal Magistrate Esther Kimilu has in addition fined the 26-year-old businessman James Maina Kibe to pay Ksh70,000 or serve one year in prison.

The magistrate in her ruling said she considered the fact that the driver endangered other road users though there was no accident caused.

While mitigating in court, Kibe told the court that the lady identified as Karen Wanjiru who is a student at Kenyatta University was his girlfriend whom they had a slight misunderstanding.

"Your honour she is my girlfriend and she is here in court. I pray for forgiveness," James requested.

James was thereafter charged with one count of reckless driving contrary to section 47 of the traffic act cap 403.

"You are charged that on March 19, 2022, at about 2300hrs along Thika Super Highway within Nairobi County, being the driver of a motor vehicle registration number KBJ 835Z make Toyota Probox did drive the said motor vehicle on the said road in a manner which was dangerous to the public and other road users, " the charge sheet read in part.