The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has welcomed the life sentence handed down on two suspects, who were caught on camera attacking a man at gunpoint along Rose Avenue in Kilimani, Nairobi.
In an incident captured live on CCTV cameras in adjacent buildings and shared widely on social media attracting national attention, Paul Sewe Momanyi was accosted outside Almond Court as he headed to work at around 7am by two men who had leapt from a motorbike.
One of them, later identified as Humphrey Minyatta, placed a knife on his throat as his accomplice Timothy Muzami pointed a firearm at his forehead and snatched a bag he was carrying.
The first accused ransacked Momanyi's pockets and took his mobile phone before they both jumped on the waiting motorbike, leaving Momanyi heavily shaken after the 45 seconds ordeal.
"Immediately after receiving the report, Detectives based at DCI Kilimani swung into action on a manhunt for the thugs, as the DCI Communication team sent out an appeal on Twitter, asking Kenyans with information regarding the suspects to volunteer it to detectives," said the DCI.
The seasoned sleuths led by the then Kilimani crime buster Fatuma Hadi mounted a stealth intelligence-led operation that took them to the densely populated areas of Gatina, Kanungaka and Kawangware, where they laid an ambush for the suspects for three days and later widened their dragnet to Pangani where the two suspects were arrested after a week.
After the arrest, the first accused, Minyatta, took the detectives to his house, where they discovered the knife the suspect had brandished and the yellow-brown jacket and pair of shoes that he wore as captured in the CCTV footage on the day of the attack.
An identification parade was conducted, and Momanyi positively identified the two who had attacked him.
A third suspect who was also arrested led the detectives to the recovery of Momanyi's two phones and a laptop, although he could not be directly linked to the two suspects.
In her judgment, Senior Resident Magistrate Hon Zainabu Abdul, sitting in the Chief Magistrate's Court at the Milimani Law courts, noted that although the firearm used by the second accused has not been recovered, it is still out there being used to commit similar atrocities on innocent Kenyans.
She added that despite the accused persons being first time offenders, they were not remorseful for their actions after causing untold mental anguish to the victim.
Hon Zainabu added that such cases where criminals were using motorbikes as getaway means are on the rise, hence the need to deter such acts by pronouncing the life sentence for the duo.