Githurai Matatu Operators Caught on Camera Assaulting Female Passenger Sentenced to Death

July 20, 2017

The year was 2014 when a disturbing video showing a Githurai 44 matatu crew sexually abusing a female passenger shocked the country.

Three years later, justice has been served after Nairobi Chief Magistrate, Francis Andayi, found the three accused, guilty.

Bus driver Nicholas Mwangi, conductor Meshack Mwangi and petrol station attendant Edward Ndung’u have been sentenced to death.

They were found guilty of robbery with violence and assault.

In his ruling, the Magistrate said that prosecution had proved its case against the accused persons and handed them another sentence of 25 years in jail for stripping and sexually assaulting the woman.

The three, jointly with others, robbed the woman of Ksh 10,200, a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone worth Ksh 27,000, one bottle of perfume, a clutch bag, and make-up kit all amounting to Ksh 41,700 on the night of September 19 and 20 at Millenium petrol station in Githurai 44.

“It takes the courage of a lady to report such an incident she retaliated and slapped the person and therefore suffered humiliation because of her right to privacy,” said the Magistrate.

The victim had told the court that there were about seven men in the bus and they wanted to rape her but she lied that she is HIV-positive.

She added that the video that went viral was 59 seconds long but the incident lasted longer.

The magistrate ruled that the accused took part in a “senseless and uncouth act that they seemed to enjoy because they were cheering as they stripped the woman.”


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