The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have arrested two gatecrashers seen in a video feeding a 3-year-old boy with alcohol at a Christmas party in Kenya.
The suspects, Edward Ndirangu Muhuka, 22 and Abdulmajid Hassan Arafat, 19, were arrested after Kenyans called the attention of the DCI to the clip.
In the clip shared by former Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko, one of the suspects is seen pouring alcohol into a tumbler and asking the boy to take a shot, which the minor does.
“Piga shot baba,” he says while giggling. The boy gulps the tot and grins with satisfaction.
The DCI in a statement on Thursday, December 2022, said the duo gatecrashed at the Christmas party which their mutual friend had been invited.
“Following a distasteful video clip that has been doing rounds in sections of the media showing an adult giving scotch whiskey to a 3-year-old baby, detectives from DCI’s Child Protection Unit have arrested the suspect and his accomplice,” the statement read.
“This is after the awful videotape shared by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, shocking netizens including detectives monitoring online activities, who escalated the information to undercover sleuths specialized in hunting down child offenders.
The detectives based at the DCI Academy in South B conducted a comprehensive analysis using their state-of-the-art software for tracking online child offenders and unmasked the identity of the suspects.
“An undercover operation to arrest the suspects were laid and in the wee hours of today morning, Edward Ndirangu Muhuka, 22, and Abdulmajid Hassan Arafat, 19, were picked from their slumber in Thindigua and Pangani estates respectively.
“Detectives have since established that the duo had just gatecrashed at a Christmas party to which their mutual friend had been invited and went on to outstay their welcome, and behaved savagely after the level of kindness that had been extended to them.
“The little baby’s mother who retired to bed early after taking care of her guests was shocked after being woken up at 2 am by concerned friends, who saw the trending videotape and shared it with her.
“The duo have been arraigned at the Kiambu Law courts where the first accused pleaded guilty and the second accused not guilty to charges of failing to protect a child from drugs and substance abuse contrary to section 24 (1) (a) as read with section 24 (2) of the Children Act No. 29 of 2022.
“The case will be mentioned on January 18, 2023, for the facts to be read to the first accused and a hearing date to be set. Meanwhile, the second accused was given a bond of Sh200,000 and a surety of a similar amount.
“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations thanks netizens for the numerous notifications regarding this case, and also congratulates the DCI Child protection detectives for a job well done.”