University students charged with kidnapping boy

Two university students were Tuesday charged with kidnaping a boy and demanding a Sh500,000 ransom from his mother.

Mr Levis Oduor and Mr Edwin Benson Ogalla were charged with kidnapping, attempting to kill and demanding money with menaces.

They allegedly kidnapped the boy on December 4.

Mr Oduor, the prosecution told Senior Principal Magistrate Joyce Gandani is a repeat offender and that he is also the victim’s cousin.

The prosecutor opposed the release of the two on bond pending the hearing and determination of the case.

“The two suspects will interfere with the witnesses in this case most of whom are relatives of the victim and the accused,” the magistrate heard.

The two suspects, who denied three charges of attempted to kill the boy by hitting his head against the wall and struggling him.

Mr Oduor was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) hospital where he had allegedly taken the boy for treatment.

Police said Mr Oduor led the police to Mr Ogalla’s house where they had allegedly detained the boy aged between 6-7 years for 10 days.

In her ruling, the magistrate said the prosecution has established that it has compelling reasons to detain the suspects pending trial.

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