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Tout arraigned in court; accused of sexually harassing a female Police Officer.

A Nairobi tout accused of sexually harassing a female police officer was on Friday July 3, arraigned in court.

Kenneth Kimaru Gachie is accused of touching Sergeant Saida Mwihaki indecently on June 27 as she was going about her normal duties around the Racecourse area of Ngong Road.

The officer narrated that the accused approached her from behind and without consent touched her inappropriately after which she was able to reprimand him.

Kimaru is said to have escaped lynching after members of the public attacked him.

The suspect denied the charges, stating that he was a respectful man and would not attempt such an act.

According to Section 103 (a) of the National Police Service Act No. 11 (A) of 2011, offences related to assault of police can attract a fine not exceeding 1 million shillings, imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or both.

“Any person who assaults resists or willfully obstructs a police officer in the due execution of the police officer’s duties, assaults, resists or willfully obstructs any person acting in aid of the police officer, attacks an animal belonging to the service or intentionally or recklessly, destroys police property, commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding Kshs. 1 million or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or to both,” reads the act.