A High Court in Nairobi has ordered the state to return Jimmy Wanjigi’s seven firearms confiscated by police earlier.
Justice Chacha Mwita in his judgment, on Friday, ruled that the state acted irrationally by carting away the businessman’s guns while he still held a valid license to keep the same.
The High Court quashed the charges and summons which had been issued against the businessman in Nyeri, after finding that the case pressed against him was done out of sinister motives.
“The plaintiff’s rights were violated by the respondents. The actions by the respondents were unlawful and actuated by malice. The court grants orders that all firearms be returned to the plaintiff,” ruled Justice Mwita.
Wanjigi explained that the police forced themselves in to his house, without a search warrant from the court and took away his firearms. He also added that there was no proof of abuse of the weapons nor had he been charged in any court for crimes.
In the first charges against him last year in Nyeri, Justice Pauline Nyamweya ruled that the Inspector General of Police and Director of Public Prosecution had abused their office by preferring charges against Wanjigi away from where the crime had been allegedly committed.
To their defense, the DPP and IG explained to the court that they opted to charge Wanjigi in Nyeri as it was his rural home.
The tycoon however dismissed their selection of Nyeri claiming that he had not been in his village for over a year and it would beat logic to leave courts in Nairobi and its surrounding for the remote court.
The judge observed that the DPP and IG’s actions were not only abetting an illegality but were unfair to him as it entailed additional expenses and inconveniences.
“I find that as the first and second respondents (DPP and IG) have been found to have acted in abuse of the court process and in bad faith, and were motivated by extraneous factors in the decisions made to charge and summon the applicant, the applicant is entitled to the orders sought to quash the summons and charges,”
The judge also observed that Wanjigi was arrested and charged despite obtaining orders from the High Court barring the State from taking any action against him.
In the case, the police explained that they had obtained search warrants from Milimani law Courts which they served to him. Police Inspector Maxwell Otieno told the court that they allegedly found the weapons in Wanjigi’s kitchen ceiling which was not a safe place to store them.
Police raided his home in Muthaiga, Nairobi after guns and bullets were seized at a house in Malindi alleged to be his. The officers sought to arrest him over the discovery and seizure of seven rifles and 93 bullets in a villa in Malindi and arrived at his home with sledgehammers planning to break into the house.
Wanjigi was charged on March 1, 2018 with an offence of being in possession of prohibited firearms. His tribulations with the Jubilee administration began when he stood his ground in support for Raila Odinga-led National Super Alliance (NASA) party in the
A road drama ensued when Wanjigi stopped an attempt by a dozen police officers to arrest him in Nairobi when he locked himself in his bullet-proof car.
The officers said to be at least 30 had blocked Wanjigi’s Toyota Land Cruiser V8 near Museum Hill after he declined to get out, demanding to know the reason for his arrest.
Their attempts to have Wanjigi open the door hit a dead end. They then mounted an unstamped court summons on his windscreen, informing him he was wanted before a magistrate’s court in Nyeri.
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