Man who assaulted Kenyan politician has case to answer, court rules

Man who assaulted Kenyan politician has case to answer, court rules

A Nairobi court has ruled that a Somali national accused of assaulting a Kenyan politician has a case to answer.

In her ruling, Makadara court Magistrate Eunice Kimaiyo said that the accused, Jamal Mohammed assaulted and caused grievous harm to Hussein Mohammed, a Kenyan politician.

Mohammed claimed that Jamal punched him on his left ear leaving him hard of hearing for some days, stepped on his left leg with metallic boots repeatedly and also stabbed him on his back with a small knife after attending evening prayers.

Mohammed told the court that Jamal assaulted him demanding to be paid over Ksh.300,000, the cost he claims to have incurred in transport expenses in the transaction of a machine.

Jamal however, through his advocate, had requested the court to withdraw the charges claiming that the complainant had not produced an x-ray report in court which could have been used as evidence.

The accused further claimed that Mohammed’s witnesses gave contradictory information in court regarding the incident.

According to Jamal, the investigators did not conduct an identification parade after his arrest.

Mohammed, who testified in the case, termed the assault by Jamal on September 17 at Eastleigh 7th street in Kamukunji, as an attempt to kill him.

Mohammed vied for the Member of Parliament seat in Wajir South in the August 2017 general election but lost.

Jamal had earlier been charged with being in Kenya illegally but the court has since acquitted him.

The court will hear Jamal’s defense on July 13, 2018.

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