The driver and conductor of the Githurai 44 bus, in which a woman was sexually assaulted and robbed by a group of rogue men, have now been charged with robbery with violence.
Mr Nicholas Chege Mwangi and Mr Meshack Mburu Mwang who are being remanded at the Industrial Area remand prison following the incident, had earlier on denied the initial charges of sexual assaulting the 21-year-old woman, on September 19 at Millennium petrol station in Githurai 44 together with others not before court.
As witnessed in the recorded clip that went viral,sparking a public outrage, the victim had been forcefully grounded on a section of the bus by a group of men, who sexually molested her and even threatedned to insert a bottle in her genitalia.
The two suspects are now charged with violently robbing the victim, identified only by her initials H.E.W, of her personal effects valued at Sh41, 700 before they sexually assaulted her. A capital offence in Kenya carries a mandatory death sentence.
LAST JUDICIAL HANGING IN KENYA
Kenya has not carried out a death sentence in the past 26 years and most sentences for death row prisoners are commuted to life imprisonment. The last judicial hanging in Kenya took place in 1987, when the August 1, 1982, coup plotters Hezekiah Ochuka and Pancras Oteyo Okumu were executed following a court-martial.
NEW PROPOSED LAWS TO CURB STRIPPING OF WOMEN
Following the rampant increase of cases of sexual assault and stripping of ladies in the country, which has caused a massive local and international outcry, the government formed a special police squad going by the code name Scorpion to deal with the incidents.
New laws have also been proposed where anybody convicted of stripping offences would be jailed for 20 years.