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Nyeri businessman accused of killing son released on bail – KBC

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A prominent Nyeri businessman accused of killing his son late last year has been released on Ksh 1 million bail after spending four months in remand cells.

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Stephen Kinini Wang’ondu, 74, is accused of plotting to assassinate his son Daniel Mwangi, 32, on the night of December 31, 2020 in Mwiyogo village, Kieni East Sub-County, Nyeri.

He is charged along with four others, namely James Mahinda, Eddy Kariuki, Raphael Wachira and Geoffrey Warutumo who were also released on similar sentences.

He is alleged to have hired the four and paid them Ksh 160,000 to settle his son over a family dispute.

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Previously, the prosecution had objected to their release on bail due to the seriousness of the case, the possibility of the interference of witnesses and the escape of the defendant.

However, in his ruling, Judge Florence Muchermi said the prosecution had not emphasized the reasons why they should not be released on bail.

He blamed the prosecution for failing to submit affidavits relating to the reasons given against their release on bail even though he explained the harsh conditions as well as putting their passports in court and seeking permission if any of them wanted to leave the Court.

Judge Muchemi further warned that the court would not hesitate to cancel the bail if the defendant interfered directly or indirectly with witnesses.

Immediately after the verdict, the prosecution led by State Counsel Duncan Ondimu filed a motion for adjournment to give him time to file an appeal against the decision.

The court ordered the prosecution to stay for three days after which the suspects could continue to serve sentences.

The case is set to be re-assigned to another court on May 10.

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