BY PRUDENCE WANZA – Six suspects involved in the Sh.72m theft have each been released on Sh. 1m with 2 sureties over robbery with violence and malicious damage to property.
They are accused of robbing G4S staff Ksh. 74,483,000, 38 cassettes, 13 purge bins,and 13 canvas bags totaling to Sh.75,947,350 and used actual violence during the robbery.
The six are also alleged to have wilfully and unlawfully destroyed 36 cassettes,11 purge bins valued at Ksh 1.2 m.
The six;Vincent Mochogu,Duncan Luvuka, Vincent Owour Wycliff,Boniface Mutua,Alexernder Mutuku and Francis Muriuki denied the charges before chief Magistrate Francis Andayi at the Milimani law courts.
The prosecution opposed their release on bond or bail stating that they are likely to interfere with investigations citing that the accused persons were arrested on different dates and that some exhibits have not been found.
Prosecution further stated that the case is complex and that investigators are pursuing different places related to the theft.
“In the interest of justice we submit that the accused persons be placed in custody so that investigations can be completed.” Stated the prosecution.
In their defence through Lawyer Cliff Ombeta, there were no compelling reasons as prosecution have only alleged with no proof.
Ombeta told the court that the moment accused persons are brought in court investigation must be complete.
He went further to tell the court that the prosecution must be able to show you attempts of accused persons to interfere with witnesses.
” In the meantime they have not interfered with any witness everything else is an imagination,” Ombeta said.
Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi ruled that there is nowhere any of the accused persons have been mentioned in the application by police to deny accused persons bail.
“Allegations in an affidavit have to be accompanied with good reasons andthe application to deny bond and bail is hereby declined”, ruled Andayi.
The accused persons have further been ordered to report to Lang’ata police station for the next seven days and to deposit their passports in court.
The case will be mentioned on 25th September,2019 for pretrial.