Nairobi Court Hears ‘Suspects Used Stupefying Drug to Rob Woman Sh370K in CBD’

July 25, 2019

Three suspects were presented in court yesterday for drugging and stealing Kes370,000 from a woman in the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

The culprits: Bernard Mbatia Maina, Harrison Nyamu Gunda and Edgar Mwandisha Mwangesha, robbed one Patricia Wanjiku Warugongo last week. The court heard that they administered a stupefying drug, benzodiazepine, to the clearing and forwarding sales agent.

The incident happened on July 17, 2019, when Warugungo was on her way from a meeting with a client who had paid her Kes370,000 in cash.

A Nairobi court heard that the victim ran into the first accused person – Mr. Maina – who pretended to ask for directions to a children’s home.

It was Maina who reportedly administered the drug on Ms. Warugongo before leading her away from the crowd to a building near Uhuru Park. They were then joined by the other suspects, Mr. Gunda and Mr. Mwangesha.

Gunda was charged with handling stolen property, Citizen TV reports.  The Court was told that, on the same day, at around 3:40 pm, he dishonestly received or retained the lady’s handbag containing personal effects, documents and Kes291,300 in cash knowing or having reason to believe them to be stolen property.

The three were also charged with stealing Warugongo’s handbag valued at Kes 2,500. They all denied the charges and were released on a Kes300,000 cash bail each.

Milimani Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot said the case will be mentioned on August 7, 2019.

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