Republic v Kebwaro & 5 others (Criminal Case E039. E040. E041, E042 of 2022)  KEHC 207 (KLR) (25 January 2023) (Ruling)
Neutral citation:  KEHC 207 (KLR)
Republic of Kenya
Criminal Case E039. E040. E041, E042 of 2022
HK Chemitei, J
January 25, 2023
Evans Michori Kebwaro
Kevin Omondi Otieno
Josphat Simiyu Juma
Julius Omondi Otieno
Dennis Alusiola Mmbolo
Isaac Kinyanjui Nganga
1.The accused persons were all charged with the offence of Murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the Penal code. The victims were Beatrice Akinyi Odhiambo, Grace Wanjiku Kariuki, Diana Opicho, and Susan Wambui Ngige.
2.When the matter came up for plea all the accused persons denied the charge and were placed in custody. They applied for bond which was vehemently opposed by the prosecution vide the affidavit of Inspector Peter Kamau sworn on August 2, 2022. The deponent has given the background of the incidents and the collective linkages to the accused.
3.The court directed that pre bail reports be prepared in respect of each of them. The reports were submitted and are on record and this court has perused the same.
4.Save for 5th and 6th accused persons all the rest of the accused were classified in the reports to be potential risk flights.
5.The court having taken cognisance of the comprehensive reports by the probation officers, is of the considered opinion that although the accused persons have the constitutional right of bail or bond, the wider interest of justice must be considered.
6.At the same time this court takes into consideration the real dangers the accused may find themselves from the members of the public if they are released.
7.In the premises the prayers for bail made by the 1st accused Evans Michori Kebwaro,2nd accused Kevin Omondi Otieno,3rd accused Josphat Simiyu Juma, and 4th accused Julius Omondi Otieno are hereby denied. The same may be considered at a later date.
8.The 5th accused Dennis Alusiola Mmbolo and the 6th accused Isaac Kinyanjui Nganga are each released on a bond of kshs. 2,000,000 each with a surety of similar amount. Upon their release they should not interfere with the prosecution witnesses or at all and each one of them should report to the DCI Nakuru County every 30th day of each month till their matter is finalised and or further orders of this court.
9.As indicated above these files for purposes of this application for bond only have been consolidated.
DATED SIGNED AND DELIVERED VIA VIDEO LINK THIS 25TH DAY OF JANUARY 2023.H. K. CHEMITEIJUDGE