Court Frees Student Arrested Over Suspected Explosive Device In Nyeri


A Nyeri court has set free a student arrested near Dedan Kimathi University on suspicion of wearing explosives.

According to the court, the prosecution had failed to prove that Bruce Ndegwa, a Nyeri Polytechnic student, had committed an offence.

Nyeri Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo released the suspect after a medical examination showed he is schizophrenic.

“The suspect is released from custody and the mother of the accused should ensure he gets proper medication,” she said.

According to a medical examination conducted at Nyeri County Referral Hospital in the presence of an officer from the Director of Public Prosecution, Ndegwa had a history of hallucinations and inconsistent flow of thought.

The medical report also showed consistency with substance-induced disorder and symptoms of residual schizophrenia.

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Following the medical report, the court also directed that he [Bruce] be put on probation for two years.

The student was arrested last week with gadgets that police suspected to be explosives.

According to Nyeri county commissioner Fredrick Shisia, officers from the bomb squad who responded found the gadgets to be harmless.

The officer said the arrest was as a result of intensified police vigilance in the fight against terror.

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege

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