Kenyan magistrate shot by police officer in court dies

A magistrate in Kenya who was shot by a police officer while presiding over a court session has died, the country’s Chief Justice Martha Koome announced on Saturday.

Monica Kivuti, a magistrate at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi, was shot on Thursday after she denied a bail request for the police officer’s wife.

The assailant was subsequently shot and killed by other police officers.

Chief Justice Koome announced Kivuti’s death on the social media platform X, stating, “Monica Kivuti, Principal Magistrate at Makadara Law Courts, has succumbed to the extensive injuries sustained during an open gun attack in court.”

“The judiciary family stands in solidarity during this deeply traumatic time and calls for sensitivity and compassion as we share in grief,” Koome added.

Three officers were also injured during the attack, but Koome did not provide an update on their condition.

According to a police report, the policeman’s wife had requested bail after pleading guilty to obtaining 2.9 million Kenyan shillings ($22,700) by false pretenses.

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