A top female safari rally driver who was arrested for assaulting her fellow driver and boyfriend was Wednesday, December 14 released from custody.
Maxine Wahome was arrested on Tuesday morning for assaulting her boyfriend Asad Khan.
Wahome made history in June this year by becoming the first female to win the WRC3 at 26 years old.
Nairobi Magistrate Benard Ochoi declined to allow an application by the police to detain her for 14 days pending her being charged with grievous harm to Khan, who is also a rally driver.
She had been arrested from their Kileleshwa house after a brother to Khan reported he was in bad shape out of an injury he sustained out of a confrontation with the woman.
Khan told police a confrontation broke out between them after she came home late in the morning on Tuesday.
Wahome had apparently been out and when she returned home an argument broke out after Khan asked her where she was.
This degenerated to push and pull and injuries.
Police arrived at the house and picked up the woman before she was presented in court where the detectives sought to hold her for 14 days as they investigate the case.
She claimed she was a victim of assault too.
The court declined to gag the media from covering the case saying the claims that she is a victim have not been proven.
On Tuesday, Wahome’s lawyers had asked the court to gag the media from covering the case saying she is the victim and not the aggressor.
The magistrate dismissed the application by the state to detain her for two weeks saying there were no compelling reasons to detain the suspect in police custody.
He ordered her to appear before the investigating officer at Kilimani Police station every Thursday until the investigations are completed.
The police were asking the court to detain her for 14 days saying Khan is still unconscious and in critical condition at the high-dependency unit.
Police told the court that the man sustained a deep cut on his ankle that was allegedly inflicted by the woman.
The investigating officer told the court she was arrested Tuesday at their apartment after the boyfriend’s brother made a report of an assault to the police.
The court heard that during the arrest the police found blood in the house and broken glasses.
Wahome said through her lawyer she is a victim and claimed that the man hurt himself when he was attacking her.
Police are still investigating the case.
The family of the boyfriend, who is a top rally driver, is appealing for blood donation as he remains admitted at a Nairobi hospital.