The hearing of a case in which a presidential aspirant, Peter Gichira, is charged with attempting to commit suicide by jumping off a high floor window at IEBC offices has been shelved till the trial court visits the alleged “crime scene.”
A witness failed to describe the location of the window and was stood down for the “site visit” on April 13 2018 and further cross examination.
The soft- spoken and deeply philanthropic Gichira has denied the charge.
He is also accused of creating disturbance in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace and malicious damage to property.
The offence, according to the prosecution was committed on May 27 2017 at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) offices at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi.
Gichira is accused of attempting to kill himself by trying to jump off the 6th floor of Anniversary Towers.
He had visited the IEBC offices at the height of the presidential campaigns in 2017 to seek clarification on the list of those to be cleared to vie.
In the second count, he is accused of shouting and demanding for an explanation for being barred from vying as an independent candidate.
A witness was at pains, on cross exam, explaining to the court what actually transpired and Gichira’s lawyer asked the trial court to relocate to the site of the alleged incident.
The court has been told Gichira allegedly damaged one internet socket, one air conditioner machine and door all valued at KSh30,000.
He is represented in the trial by lawyer Dedan Wachira.
High Court Judge George Odunga had issued the order to have Gichira present nomination papers to the IEBC.
He is out on a cash bail of KSh200,000.