A Chinese national was yesterday detained for 21 days by a Kiambu court for threatening to kill his business partner.
Ye Sheng who appeared before Kiambu resident magistrate Sylvia Monturi denied two counts of threatening to kill Chen Shuitong and refusing to cooperate with police officers.
Sheng was charged that on April 20, 2022 at Fujian company site located at Ndeiya, Ndiuni Limuru, Kiambu County, he uttered words meant to threaten and intimidate the complainant.
He was charged that without lawful excuse he uttered words in Chinese to Chen Qing and Zhan Yongming to the effect, “when I find Chen Shuitong, I will kill him,” with intention to cause Chen to receive the said threat to kill him,” read part of the charge sheet.
Sheng was also charged with a second count that on the May 10, 2022 at Tigoni police station in Limuru, he refused to permit his finger prints to be taken by George Muriuki, a police officer attached to Limuru Director of Criminal Investigations office.
In an affidavit sworn the investigating Officer (IO) George Muriuki told the court that the accused Mr. Sheng and Mr. Chen Shuitong are directors of Fujian Shixin investments and developers (Kenya) limited.
He further told the court that on December 24, there was an attempt by the accused to fraudulently transfer the complainants’ share to his account and the accused again made the same threats after a heated argument on the same during the company’s meeting.
The IO further said that on April 19 at a quarry in Ndiuni, the accused confronted two employees and swore before them in Chinese language that he would kill the complainant unless he transfers his shares to him.
Defense counsel Milon Mukuna indulged the court to release the accused on reasonable bail terms as the accused was ailing from diabetes and high blood pressure.
He told the court that the suspect was not a flight risk since he had already deposited his travel documents in court.
However, prosecution counsel Royford Mwenda strongly opposed the accused being admitted to bail since he was an actual threat to his client.
“Your honour, I plead with this court that the accused remains in custody pending the hearing and determination of the two cases he is facing, since my client faces real and actual threat,” he told the court.
The prosecutor also objected to his release on bail saying the accused is facing another case whereby after a commotion between the two, another Chinese national Mr Zhuang Yan was seriously injured and his throat was slit while trying to restrain the accused from stabbing the complainant early this year.
The ruling on his bail application will be heard on June 7.