Bungoma’s Chopper Man ‘James Bond’ Finally Set Free after Hanging on Flying  Chopper

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The man who hang on the chopper ferrying the remains of slain billionaire business tycoon Jacob Juma in Bungoma has been set free today 20th March, 2019.

This follows today’s court ruling by a resident magistrate at the Bungoma High Court that the prosecution failed to provide enough evidence to send Mr Saleh Wanjala to jail.

Mr Saleh had shocked the world when he hang on a helicopter carrying the remains of Jacob Juma from a public viewing at Bungoma Posta grounds on 13th of May, 2016 before jumping off the craft at the Bungoma Airstrip, sustaining serious injuries. 

The footage of  the video went viral and Mr Saleh was immediately branded ‘James Bond’ in a monkey-mockery of an American film cast James Bond who had starred in productions hanging on flying choppers.

Mr Saleh was arrested and charged with impairing the safety of an aircraft and other passengers aboard against Section 42 of the Civil Aviation Act, a local daily reported. 

But in the ruling today, the judge quashed the charges and set free Mr. Swaleh for lack of evidence, saying that the hanging did not at any time impair the safety of the said aircraft. 

“There was no evidence to prove that the accused impaired the flight or cause any disturbance against the helicopter registration number 5YTXN captained by Emmanuel Chelagai in any way,” ruled Justice Mutai on March 20, 2019.

While on bond, Mr Saleh was given a free flight by local business man Joseph Waswa who was recently in the news as among the eight suspects who allegedly mimicked President Uhuru Kenyatta to defraud a Sameer Africa CEO of Sh10 million. 

Mr Saleh Wanjala (centre) is flanked by Political activist Rose Matere (left) and journalist Titus Oteba before his flight. PHOTO/COURTESY

Bungoma’s chopper man Saleh Wanjala alight from an aircraft in Nairobi after being given a free flight by a well wisher. PHOTO/COURTESY

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