In Summary
  • Officers reportedly knocked down doors and beat up residents
  • Mother says daughter was home alone when the police broke into their house
  • Prisons boss, however, denies claims of assault

A 10-year-old girl is nursing injuries after prison warders who were pursuing an escapee from Nyeri Medium Prison allegedly meted brutality on residents of Witemere slums on Tuesday.

The Standard Two pupil of Nyamachaki Primary School was claimed to have been hit with a stick on the cheek by the prison officers who were searching for the convict.

The pupil was one of dozens of slum's residents injured.

CUSTODIAL DUTIES

According to prison officials, the inmate escaped while on custodial duties in Nyeri town on Tuesday afternoon. “He was serving a short sentence and some are allowed to work under guard outside the prison. That is how he escaped,” said Central Deputy Regional Prisons boss Stephen Kiplagat.

Following the escape, a team from the Nyeri Main Prison was dispatched and the first stop was the slum that borders the correctional facility.

The officers reportedly knocked down doors and beat up residents, demanding that they give up the escapee. The girl's mother, Ms Margaret Wangechi, said she was among the casualties of the operation’s brutality after the officers broke into their house. She was alone in the house having arrived home from school.

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