Chief Magistrate Heston Nyaga of Makadara Law Courts has allowed further detention of a woman suspected to be the leader of a notorious M-pesa theft syndicate. The issued custodial orders against the accused means that she will be detained at the Kamkunji Police Station for a period of five days rather than seven days which the Directorate of Criminal Investigations had sought.
Through Chief Inspector Damaris Matiri of Serious Crimes Unit, the DCI sought custodial orders from the court to lawfully detain the middle aged woman for a period of seven days. The DCI argued that purpose of the detention period would be to give the detectives more time in order to complete investigations so that the suspect could be charged with a proper offence that would not render the charge sheet defective.
Chief Inspector Matiri added that the suspect had been involved in the commission of the offences and that she was aware of other suspects at large. Consequently, releasing her would be against the interest of justice if not public interest as she was likely to interfere with the ongoing investigations if released on bail.
The suspect, Eunice Njoki Macharia, is said to be part of a notorious theft syndicate that conducted its illegal operations in Naivasha, Kiambu and Nakuru towns targeting new and unsuspecting M-pesa shop attendants.
The court was informed that Eunice Njoki Macharia was arrested on the night of February 18, 2020 at Githurai 44, Nairobi County in connection with being linked to several offences of targeting and stealing from M-Pesa shops in diverse counties.
“At the time of the arrest, the respondent was found with mobile phones which are suspected to have been involved in the commission of the said offences,” Matiri said in an affidavit filed at Makadara law courts.
In her defence, Ms Macharia dismissed the case deposing that not only was she innocent but also the owner of the three phones.
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