Man dies in police cell after failing to raise Ksh200 fine

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NAIROBI – A man died at Pangani police station in Nairobi after he failed to raise Ksh200 he was told to pay after appearing at Makadara Law courts.

Robert Mureithi had been given an option of a fine or seven days in jail after he was arrested last week for breaking curfew rules.

The police said they were forced to hold him at the station as they waited for the courts to issue commitments so that he could proceed to remand, since he could not raise the fine.

Confirming the incident, Starehe police boss Julius Kiragu said that the deceased was arrested last week for breaking curfew rules, and had appeared in court for a virtual session at Makadara Law Courts on Friday around 3pm before he was returned to the station.


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Mureithi is said to have collapsed in the cells on Sunday, July 11, where he was being held since Friday, July 9.

The officer commanding the station checked on the inmates at 7am and found someone (Robert Mureithi) had collapsed. He then notified the doctors, but when they arrived, he was already dead,”

Julius Kiragu

There were, however conflicting reports that Mureithi could have collapsed following a scuffle among the inmates over alleged overcrowding at the cells.

But the Starehe police boss refuted claims that there was a scuffle at the station also already claimed adding that some other inmates could have been reported injured.

Mureithi’s body has been taken to City Mortuary for postmortem to ascertain the cause of his death and start the process of tracing his family.


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