Controversial businessman Paul Kobia, who was ordered to appear in court on Monday to answer to charges of kidnapping, attempted to attack the presiding magistrate as he threw the courtroom into chaos.
The chief magistrate court was interrupted when the businessman lost his temper and cried out loudly in the packed courtroom before the court orderly blocked him.
”Listen to me your honor, this court is unfair to me,” said an angry looking Paul Kobia as he cried and struggled with the orderly. ”Why have I been taken out of a hospital bed to attend court?”
Kobia was ordered to appear in court following a previous summon by Nairobi Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.
The Chief Magistrate issued the order after the businessman’s lawyer told the court that he had been involved in a road accident and was hospitalized without producing hospital documents to back the claim.
Kobia, who is out on a bond of Ksh100,000, was accused along with his four bodyguards of kidnapping and assaulting Londole Iseka Blanchard – a Congolese national.
After the charges were read out to Paul Kobia and his bodyguards, he refused to take a plea on the basis that he is not in stable health to understand the charges.
The four bodyguards, however, entered a plea of not guilty to kidnapping and assault charges on March 24th, 2016 and were released on Ksh800,000 with a surety of similar amount or were ordered to pay Ksh500,000 cash bail.
Paul Kobia was subsequently given two weeks by the court after which if he is stable, will plead to charges of kidnapping, assault and being disorderly in public.
The drama did not end there as Paul Kobia was accosted outside the court cells by the wives of Kobia’s bodyguards who blamed him for the their husband’s woes.
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