A court in Thika has released the three KCB Thika robbery suspects, who allegedly stole KSh 50 million, on bond.
32-year-old Halford Munene Murakaru, his brother Charles Mwangi Murakaru, 30, and their friend Julius Ndungu Wainaina, 32, were charged with breaking into the bank through an underground tunnel and handling stolen property, both of which they all denied.
The money stolen includes 17,135,000 Kenyan shillings, 1,311 U.S. dollars, 340 Great British pounds, 5 Canadian dollars, 85 Australia dollars, 46,000 Tanzania shillings, 40 South Africa Rand and 20,000 Ugandan shillings.
The suspects were released on a bond of KSh4 million each and a surety of the same amount by Thika Chief Magistrate Teresia Murigi.
This follows an application to the courts by the defense counsel, Zacky Odegi, on Monday, November 27, for his clients to be released on a bond or cash bail.
He argued that the three did not resist arrest, therefore, should granted bail.
This was, however, objected by the State counsel, Stella Oyagi, who cited an affidavit by the investigating officers that stated that the suspects were planning to leave the country.
She also added that their release could interfere with court proceedings.
In her ruling, Justice Murigi stated that there was no evidence tendered before the court to show that the release of the three would interfere with court proceedings or that they would be a flight risk.
The Judge quoted Article 49 1(h) stating that accused persons had a constitutional right of being released on bond unless there was a compelling reason not to.
For this reason, the court had no reason to deny the application by the three to be released on bond/bail.
Justice Murigi also ordered that the three KCB Thika robbery suspects should not leave the court jurisdiction without permission.
The case will be heard on March 28, 2018, while the mention will be on December 14, 2017.