Kemboi denies assaulting woman
Last updated on 29 Jun 2012 11:32
By Edwin Cheserek
World 3,000 metres steeplechase record holder Ezekiel Kemboi was arraigned in an Eldoret court and charged with assault.
Kemboi was ushered into the court from Eldoret Police Station where he had been held under tight security.
Kemboi was charged that on June 27 at West Indies estate on the outskirts of Eldoret town, he assaulted Anne Njeri causing her serious injuries.
Kemboi, however, denied the accusations before Eldoret Principal Magistrate Francis Kyambia. The court was jammed with fellow athletes and the public.
The sportsman was represented by two Eldoret based lawyers, Michael Chemwok and Ledisha Kipseii.
Kemboi was released on a cash bail of Sh20,000 or a bond of Sh50,000 with a surety of similar amount.
The case will be heard on September 25. Later, Kemboi’s lawyer Chemwok alleged outside the court that the case was turned against his client.
He said Kemboi, who first complained that he had been attacked, was being charged instead of those who tried to rob him.
He said: “What our client has been charged with is an offence, which should have been preferred against the people who attacked him.”