Pilot who assaulted police officer arrested
The helicopter pilot who was captured in a video assaulting a policewoman at an event attended by Deputy President William Ruto in Nyandarua on Sunday has surrendered to police at Kilimani Police Station.
According to Kilimani OCPD Peter Kattam, the suspect, Captain Alistair Llewelyn, has been taken to Kinangop Police Station to record a statement and will be held overnight awaiting arraignment in court for assault.
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This comes just hours after Inspector General Joseph Boinnet ordered the pilot’s arrest, terming his acts totally unacceptable.
Deputy President William Ruto had also asked police to take action against the captain.
Captain Alister Brown had been hired by the deputy president to fly him to Ndunyu Njeru in Nyandarua on Sunday when the incident occurred.
In a 30-second video that infuriated Kenyans, Captain Brown is seen assaulting a police officer, Mercy Wandera, a corporal at Magumu Police station in Kinangop South District for allegedly “not doing her job”
Kenyans then took to social media platform, Twitter to criticise the pilot’s action using the hashtag #deportrutospilot.
In a statement, DP Ruto termed the incident “unacceptable and regrettable”
“The deputy president wishes to give an assurance that the government takes a strong stand against bigotry, misogyny, chauvinism and violence against women…,” read the statement in part.
“Women, are entitled to respect and any actions which violate their dignity are cowardly, barbaric and outrageous”
The office of the Inspector General of Police also issued a statement after the incident and ordered investigations and criminal proceedings against the suspect to begin immediately.
KIDL which operates helicopter 5Y-DSN has also terminated the services of the pilot after the incident.