Matatu Owner in Deputy IG Daughter’s Death Sentenced to Three Months In Jail or Pay Sh35,000 Fine

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Deputy Inspector-General of Police Edward Mbugua

The owner of a matatu that killed the daughter of Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua has been fined Ksh35,000 or three months imprisonment.

Godfrey Gitonga Maina was on Monday sentenced by Milimani magistrate Esther Kimilu after he pleaded guilty to permitting his unroadworthy vehicle under the Kangemi Matatu Sacco (KMO) to operate on the fateful day, June 17.

The ruling comes after KMO Sacco was suspended following the incident which led to the death of Melina Waithera Njoroge.

Maina’s driver Patrick Macharia Magu was recently charged in court over the incident whereby he was released on Ksh300,000 cash bail pending hearing and determination of the case.

The vehicles under the Sacco were also ordered to undergo mandatory inspection, while its crew members were compelled to produce substantial documents before being permitted back on the road.

Court documents revealed that Macharia was accused of reversing the vehicle without any regard to other road users, leading to the deceased being sandwiched between another vehicle.

Milimani Law Courts
Milimani Law Courts

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