Policeman shoots and injures Justice of the Peace in Kenyan courtroom



A police officer shot and injured a Justice of the Peace at a courtroom in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Thursday, earlier than being killed in a shootout with different officers, the Judiciary stated.

Monica Kivuti, a Justice of the Peace on the Makadara Legislation Courts, was shot after rejecting the bond request for the police officer’s spouse, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Winfridah Mokaya stated in an announcement.

“Instantly (after) this determination was pronounced, an individual shot on the Justice of the Peace,” Ms Mokaya stated. “Law enforcement officials (at) the scene responded and neutralised the shooter.”

Ms Kivuti and three different officers who have been injured within the ensuing shootout have been being handled and in a secure situation, Chief Justice Martha Koome stated in an announcement.

“It’s clear that the intention of the perpetrator was to kill the Justice of the Peace,” CJ Koome stated, ordering safety in any respect courts throughout the nation to be strengthened.

The policeman’s spouse had requested launch on bail after pleading responsible to acquiring Ksh2.9 million ($22,700) by false pretences, in response to a police report seen by Reuters.


“He entered contained in the courtroom by means of the Justice of the Peace’s door and fired pictures in the direction of the Justice of the Peace, injuring her on the chest and left hip,” the police report stated.

“He was… fatally shot by a fellow officer who was within the courtroom,” the report stated.

Courtroom closed

Following the capturing, the Chief Justice on Thursday night introduced the closure of Makadara Legislation Courts till Monday, June 17, 2024 “for safety reinforcement”.

The CJ directed that each one issues on the Makadara Legislation Courts be heard nearly, and people requiring bodily look be moved to Milimani Legislation Courts.

The Judiciary Police Unit, she stated, in session with the workplace of the Inspector-Normal of Police would reinforce safety in all courtroom stations throughout the nation.

On the identical time, individuals should not allowed to entry courtroom premises whereas armed, aside from officers correctly accredited to supply safety at specified courtroom stations, shall be denied entry.

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