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Kenya helicopter pilot denies assaulting police officer

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media captionKenya row over assault of police woman by Ruto's pilot

The pilot filmed pushing a Kenyan policewoman who failed to stop people crowding round his helicopter has denied committing assault.

Alistair Patrick Llewelyn made a brief appearance at a magistrate's court in central Kenya after handing himself in at a police station on Tuesday.

The film of the alleged assault has been widely shared on social media.

Mr Llewelyn had been transporting Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto shortly before the incident happened.

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In a packed court in Engineer town, the pilot appeared calm as he denied the charges of assault and creating a disturbance, the BBC's Robert Kiptoo reports.

He has now been remanded in custody and will make his next court appearance on Monday.

The deputy president had been flown by Mr Llewelyn to Nyunyu Njeru in Nyandarua county, in central Kenya, on Sunday, where he attended a church service.

The pilot was filmed approaching a policewoman and shouting at her that she is not doing her job by failing to control a crowd that was milling around the helicopter.

The policewoman's response is not audible.

The pilot then grabs her baton, swears at her and moments later shoves her.

Mr Ruto described the incident as "unacceptable and regrettable".

The deputy president had been flown by Mr Llewelyn to Nyunyu Njeru in Nyandarua county, in central Kenya, on Sunday, where he attended a church service.

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