BY SAM ALFAN.
Police have recovered 60 assorted mobile phone lines from a student alleged to have sent threatening messages to Busia women Representatives Florence Mutua and other Members of Parliament.
This emerged after Alex Anyolo Kikuyu, a University of Nairobi Master’s programme student was arraigned before Milimani law court with the police seeking more days to continue detaining him to enable them complete investigations.
However Principal Magistrate Peter Ooko has granted police 5 days to hold Anyolo at Central Police station pending the probe.
According to an affidavit filed in court the police are investigating the suspect in relation to sending threatening messages to the Busia woman representative on May 27,2019 through several mobile phone numbers.
The court heard that the lines include 37 Safaricom lines used plates and 23 Telkom lines used plates.
Police further recovered four mobile phones and 13 different Identity Cards during the arrest of the suspect on June 5,2018 at Makadara area in Nairobi county.
Message reads in part :”hi kindly don’t walk alone around Parliament round about and do not visit intercontinental Hotel this week. Some politicians have hired mercenaries who were at my brother’s house last night and I have heard everything they said. Your life is in danger”.
Another one read “You will be assassinated”.
Anyolo was arrested after the Woman representative later reported the matter at Parliament Police Station.
In response the suspect claimed he did not threaten anyone but informed her that some MPs had hired mercenaries to kill her.
He requested the court to grant him bail since he has to attend to his young family and school work.
However, in his ruling the magistrate stated that he had noted the documents recovered from the suspect, that is the mobile lines and he did not dispute the same
He noted that from the used lines, police were able to single out the lines that were used to send the text messages.
The investigators were seeking seven days to enable them record statements from witnesses who are MPs and who have also reported their complaints in different parts of Kenya including Mombasa since the incidents occurred while they were on recess.
They also want to subject the mobile phones of both the complainants and the suspect to cyber crime for messages extraction and analysis.
It is also believed that the suspect did not act alone and has other accomplices who are yet to be arrested.
The police claimed that Anyolo risks absconding if granted bail or bond since he has knowledge of the weight of the matter and also cover his traces.
Anyolo may face charges of being in possession IDs belonging to other people and obtaining money by false pretenses since some of the MPs are alleged to have already sent money to the suspect.
The case will be mentioned on June 13 for further directions.