Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) student, Brian Kibet Bera, who attempted a forceful entry to State House on June 11 has pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to forgive him.
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi Wednesday, the suspect pleaded with the President to forgive him because he had suffered a lot while in detention.
“ … If they take me to Mathare it will be a punishment…I request that you forgive me …I will be like people of the New Testament,” he said.
The suspect’s father, David Bera, requested the court to free his son on medical grounds, saying Brian often experienced episodes of depression.
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“My request is for the court to allow me as his father to take him to hospital…it might take a long time for him to recover but detaining him in police custody will not help his condition,” the father pleaded.
“In February instead of coming home, he went to Mt. Kenya where he got arrested. The third incident happened in June 2018 again, when he walked from Kitale at 4am on foot all the way to Athi River for four days. We were able to get him and was admitted for two weeks where he was diagnosed with the disorder by a psychiatrist and from there he has improved a lot and as a family we were relieved,” the father said.
Andayi directed that the suspect remains in custody at the Kilimani Police Station until Thursday when the case will be mentioned.
The Prosecution had sought to have the suspect taken to Mathari Hospital for mental assessment before taking a plea.
Bera, a Fifth Year mechanical engineering student, was on the night of June 11 shot while scaling State House-Nairobi fence.
The intruder was wielding a kitchen knife during the incident.
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