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    Tuesday, 21st October 2008

    Updated 10 hr(s) 55 min(s) ago
    By Cyrus Ombati

    Police have questioned High Court Judge GBM Kariuki over the stabbing of a motorist after a minor road accident in the city.

    He was locked up in custody and is expected in court this morning to face assault charges, police said.

    He was arrested at about 10am at his Lake View home by a team of police officers, led by Gigiri DCIO Patrick Kiswi.

    The officers jumped over the fence to get into his compound after he refused to open the gates. They allowed him to be driven in his car with armed police to Gigiri Police Station, where he was questioned for an hour.

    He was later moved to Kamukunji Police Station, where his fingerprints were taken.

    Plans were being made to transfer him from Kamukunji to Kileleshwa Police Station.

    His lawyers, Mr Fred Ngatia and Mr Muturi Kigano, accompanied him.

    Police had, by last evening, refused to release him, saying they feared he might fail to appear in court.

    No media access

    His lawyers were making arrangements to have a judge issue an order to release him, pending his arraignment in court.

    Arrangements were also being made to have Justice Kariuki charged before a magistrate, where the media will not have access.

    The judge seemed disturbed when journalists arrived at the police stations to take his pictures. At one point, he shouted at them, saying they were free to "take even his buttocks".

    His wife and a few relatives came to show their support at the stations.

    Justice Kariuki is alleged to have been involved in a scuffle with a motorist, Mr Robert Kamau, on Ngecha Road in the city's Lower Kabete area.

    Kamau, a driver with an NGO, was injured during the confrontation and is undergoing treatment at MP Shah Hospital.

    Police said Justice Kariuki and Kamau were driving from opposite directions on Lower Kabete Road at about 8pm on Saturday when their vehicles were involved in a minor accident.

    The judge, who was driving his official Mercedes Benz car, was alone at the time of the incident, while Kamau had two passengers in his Toyota Corolla vehicle.

    After the officers had cleared the scene, they detained both cars at Parklands Police Station, but that of the judge was later released.

    The officers seized the knife, which the judge allegedly used to attack the motorist, and are likely to use it as an exhibit in court.