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Three charged with kidnapping a police constable

Three suspects, a Kenyan woman and two Ugandan men, appeared during a Nairobi court Tuesday for allegedly kidnapping a policeman .

The trio of Shariff Wanabwa, Martin Wasike and their Kenyan friend Phoebe Anido Andayi denied kidnapping constable Abel Misati.

The 27-year-old officer, who is attached to Kamukunji police station in Nairobi, disappeared without a trace on 19 January . Investigators recovered the officer’s mobile in Eastleigh, Nairobi on April 17.

Detectives told the Milimani Court that they fear the officer may be dead.

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The court also heard that a fourth suspect, who is Ugandan, is on the run and is being pursued by Interpol.

The suspects who denied kidnapping Misati  applied to be released on bail arguing that they were in  remand for 21 days.

But the lawyer representing Misati’s family, Alfred Nyandieka, opposed the bail application saying: “the three are a threat to peace if they will kidnap a well trained policeman whose whereabouts is yet to be established”.

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Nyandieka asked the court to detain the three to help investigators in locating the officer “whether dead or alive”.

Prosecutor Winnie Moraa said investigations will reach Uganda which “the three are going to be charged with murder”.

“The severe sentences which is pronounced within the charges they face is an incentive for the three to flee the wrath of the law,” she said.

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Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi said the State has presented compelling reasons to warrant the court to deny the suspects bond.

The Magistrate observed that Wanabwa and Wasike haven’t any fixed abode in Kenya and they lack identification.

He directed the three to be detained until June 2, when the investigating officer will inform the court whether there’s a change within the circumstances of the case.

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