I didn’t demand Sh5 million ransom from kidnapped victim — University Student

The suspect was arraigned in court [Photo: Courtesy]

A University of Nairobi student has been charged with kidnapping a Nairobi busineswoman and demanding Sh5 million ransom.

 Felix Kinyua, 26, was charged alongside Kelvin Ochieng, 22. The two allegedly kidnapped and confined Catherine Rono on November 30 in Imara Daima area.

 They were further charged that on the same date at Kahawa Sukari in Kiambu, with others not in court, while armed with a kitchen knife, they robbed Rono of Sh3,300 and her mobile phone valued at Sh10,000.

The prosecution said the complainant met one Buke on Facebook, and who is a friend to the suspects.

Their discussions would take a business angle and after just 10 days, the two allegedly agreed to meet at Villa Rosa Kempiski hotel.

Later, Buke is said to have asked Rono to meet him in Ruiru instead.

Buke would send a car to pick the complaint, who rode with her daughter who was to drop along Thika Road to catch her classes.

According to the prosecution, soon after dropping her daughter, the suspects dragged the complainant to a construction site where they held her hostage.

They would then ask her family for a ransom of Sh5 million.

 Rono told police her family could not afford to raise the money and that she was then dropped in Ngara.

 The suspects however denied the charges and were released on a surety bond of Sh1million each. The case will be heard on April 4 2017.