Groom spends honeymoon in cell
There was drama in a church in Bamburi on Christmas Day when wedding celebrations came to an abrupt end after the groom was arrested on suspicion of being a thug.
The man is suspected to belong to a cartel that has been stealing motor vehicles in the Mombasa Central Business District.
The church ceremony was brought to a standstill when police officers stormed in, arrested the groom and whisked him away, leaving the congregation speechless.
"We have not seen a thing like this," said a faithful who witnessed the drama. But most shocked was the bride who watched in disbelief as police handcuffed her husband.
Mombasa OCPD Kipkemboi Rop said police had been after the suspect for some time and when they got a tip that he was wedding on Christmas Day, they went straight to the church in Bamburi and arrested him.
"We had been tracing the suspect who, unfortunately, happened to be the groom. He has been involved in numerous theft of motor vehicle. He recently stole a Mark II from a parking lot in the CBD," said Rop.
He added that officers from a special crime unit were holding the suspect and interrogating him to reveal the names of other gang members. Rop said they were "human" as they waited for the couple to take their vows then made the arrest.
"We didn’t want to spoil the marriage ceremony; that’s why we waited until the couple had taken vows then arrested him. We destroyed the honeymoon plans of the couple, but we had no option," he added.
The suspect will be taken to court today to answer three charges of stealing motor vehicles.
At the same, a woman in Kazandani area in Kisauni was arrested after she set a house on fire following an argument with her husband.
Kisauni OCPD Julius Wanjohi said the infuriated woman found her husband with another woman and after quarrelling, she lit a stove and set the six-bedroom house on fire.
"Nobody was injured but everything was destroyed. The woman will be charged with arson tomorrow at a Mombasa Law Court," said Wanjohi.