Police kicked me in groin, matatu driver tells court

A matatu driver on Thursday narrated in a Nairobi court how a traffic officer kicked his private parts and injured him.

Mr Earnest Nyawawa Nyamoti told principal magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot that he was confronted by seven traffic officers while driving on Garden City Road, off Thika Highway, on July 29, 2013.

Mr Nyamoti said traffic was heavy and the officers accused him of overlapping.

The police, he added, entered the matatu and one slapped him, pulled him out, kicked his private parts and hurled him into a police vehicle.

He was taken to Kasarani police station and later charged with a traffic offence. The case was, however, dismissed for lack of evidence.

The officer, Mr Jamal Hussein, who has since been suspended, has denied assaulting Mr Nyamoti and causing him grievous harm. The officer is out on a Sh30,000 bond.

PRIVATE PARTS

But before his release, Mr Nyamoti was taken to Nairobi remand prison, after denying the offence. While in prison, the pain in his private parts became unbearable and he pleaded with the warders to take him to hospital.

Superintendent Hycine Achieng Olaba, a clinical officer at the remand, said she attended to Mr Nyamoti on July 30 after he complained of pain and that he could not walk.

“After examining him, I discovered that the scrotum was swollen and it had bruises. The patient told me that an officer had stepped on his private parts,” she said.

TESTICULAR PAIN

Acting as a witness, Ms Olaba said Mr Nyamoti was also passing blood-stained urine and she referred him to Kenyatta National Hospital.

She was later asked by Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) to do a report on the driver’s condition. Mr Nyamoti’s case was taken over by Ipoa after his wife complained to the agency.

Another witness, Dr Kiongi Mwaura, told the court that he first treated Mr Nyamoti on August 2, 2013, after he complained of testicular pain, swollen scrotum and abdominal pain. He treated the victim and discharged him but he was back to KNH six days later, complaining of more pain, swelling and that he could not pass stool. Mr Nyamoti later had surgery. The next hearing will be on November 28.

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