1.By an application dated 3/8/2022 the Applicant seeks an order for bail pending the hearing and determination of the application. In the grounds for the application, the applicant assets Constitutional rights to bail and his circumstances as breadwinner for his family and consequently a prejudice and regrettable harm that he will be occasioned by the incarceration.
2.Bail is opposed by the DPP who asserts that there no chance of success of the intended appeal as the accused was rightly convicted and there are no exceptional circumstances to warrant the grant of bail pending appeal; and that on account of the long sentence chances of absconding are high.
3.The accused was by the Judgment of the trial court dated 26/7/22 convicted for the offence of defilement contrary to section 8 (1) as read with 8 (4) of the sexual offences Act and subsequently sentenced to imprisonment for 15 years.
4.In Jivraj Shah V.R KLR 605; Mutua v.R.  KLR 497; Sono v. R E.A 476 and Dominic Karanja v.R  612, principles for grant of bail pending appeal have been established as:-a.Whether there exists exceptional or unusual circumstances which justify grant of bail in the interest of justice;b.Exceptional circumstances exist where appeal has overwhelming chances of success or substantial merit in the appeal and that the sentence or substantial part of it will have been served before the appeal is heard; andc.the good character of the applicant hardships his family or his ill health or an assertion that the applicant shall not abscond if released on bail are not exceptional or un usual circumstances.
5.Having considered the “Memorandum of Appeal,” the judgment and sentence of the trial court, this court does not find that there exists unusual or exceptional circumstances by way of overwhelming chances of success of the appeal or a prospect that the sentence or substantial part of it shall have been served by the time the appeal is heard.
6.Accordingly, the court does not find merit in the application for bail pending appeal, and the same is declined.
7.The appeal shall be set down for hearing on a date convenient to the counsel for the Accused and for the DPP.