State Department for Youth Principal Secretary Julius Korir has gotten a reprieve from the courts after he obtained an order stopping the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) from prosecuting him for allegedly assaulting his estranged wife.
Korir successfully applied for the order which also prohibited the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) from arresting him for the alleged assault of his wife Evelyn Koech while she was pregnant.
“Pending the hearing and determination of the application before me, I restrain the DPP and the police from taking any further actions against Korir,” ruled High Court Judge Charo Mrima.
A file image of a pregnant woman
The order was a major win for the PS as he would have been suspended upon being charged with the assault case.
In line with Chapter Six of the Constitution as well as the Leadership and Integrity Act, any appointed state officer automatically goes on suspension after taking plea in a criminal case.
According to court documents Evelyn reported the assault incident on November 20, 2018, at Hardy Police Station, Karen. Medical reports revealed that she had suffered bruises in the abdomen, the forearm and the legs while she was pregnant.
A police surgeon’s examination also showed she had sustained thorax and abdomen injuries at the time of her report.
“Swollen and bruised upper part of the bum. Sustained soft five injuries,” read a P3 form.
Prior to that, Koech had made another assault report against the PS, who again went to court and obstructed any action from DPP Noordin Haji.
The courts, however, granted a restraining order that protected the wife and demanded that Korir restrains from stalking and abusing either by self or by his agents.
Korir was also given 15 days to appear in court for a civil case granting a divorce, failure to which his wife would be granted judgment.
The PS also faces a separate case in the children’s court where he is required to pay school fees and upkeep for his children
Story Source: Kenyans.co.ke