1.Taratsio Gichuki was charged before the Ruiru Magistrate’s Court with the offence of forcible detainer contrary to Section 91 of the Penal Code. He pleaded not guilty. The trial was adjourned before its commencement from time to time. Before any evidence was adduced on behalf of the prosecution, the trial court made the following Ruling:-
2.Section 282 of the Criminal Procedure Code provide that if an accused pleads not guilty or a plea of not guilty is entered the court shall proceed to try the case. Section 306 of that Code further provides that at the close of the prosecution’s case the court may record a finding of not guilty where it considers there is no evidence the accused committed the offence and where the court, after considering the evidence finds the accused committed the offence, it shall inform the accused of his rights to present his defence.
3.The Ruiru Magistrate’s Court Ruled on 4th July, 2020 that Taratsio Gichuki had a case to answer before the prosecution adduced any evidence at all. That was an error. It is human to err. Human beings make mistake. It is inherent to being human.
5.Section 364 of the Criminal Procedure Code empowers the High Court to revise subordinate court’s order made in criminal matters, to correct errors or illegalities.
6.This Court will therefore invoke the above sections to correct the error.
7.The orders of the court are that:-a.The order made in the Ruling of 4th July, 2022 in Senior Principal Magistrate’s Court at Ruiru in Criminal Case No. E270 of 2021 is hereby set aside and vacated.b.The Senior Principal Magistrate’s Court Ruiru Criminal Case No. E270 of 2021 shall be mentioned before that court on 16th December, 2022 for directions on further hearing.c.I order this Revision file be closed.