Suspects presented to face drunk and disorderly charges black out at the Kibra Law Courts in Nairobi. PHOTO| COURTESY
Drama ensued at the Kibra Law Courts in Nairobi after seven suspects presented to face drunk and disorderly charges blacked out and were literally deemed too drunk to stand trial.
The suspects, whose pictures have gone viral, lay on the ground as two police officers struggled to pick them up one by one.
Senior Principal Magistrate Esther Bokhe was forced to defer the hearing of the charges, ordering them out of the courtroom as they could not stand or speak.
The seven were part of more than 200 people arrested in a swoop conducted by police in Huruma area.
It, however, baffled the officers how the suspects were highly intoxicated even after being in police custody for more than six hours after their arrest Wednesday night.
An operation is expected to be conducted, in the areas of Huruma suspected to be the origin of the illicit substance they consumed and which got them to this level of intoxication.
The Kenya Prisons Service (KPS) has since issued a statement clarifying that the suspects were not in their custody.
“Our attention has been drawn to photographs and derisive messages circulating on social media regarding drunken suspects outside the Kibera Law Courts earlier today.
“While the six were intoxicated, which prompted the deferment of the hearing of their cases, we would like to clarify that they were not in our custody as wrongly reported,” said KPS.
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