The hearing of the case in which two people have been charged with the attempted murder former Garissa County finance executive Idriss Mukhtar has been set to begin in February 2019.
Trial Magistrate Francis Andayi gave the directed the case to be heard on 6th and 7th February and a pre-trial be conducted on 7th December 2018.
Mohammed Hussein Aden was charged alongside Juliet Charity Njoki whom he is said to have been cohabiting with, with attempting to kill Mukhtar and conspiring to kill his lawyer Charles Kanjama.
The two denied the charges and are out on a cash bail of Sh 500,000 pending the conclusion of the case.
During the Mention, the court heard that twenty-five witness statements and fourteen exhibits are ready. The prosecution however informed the court that forensic investigations are ongoing and they intend to add eleven more statements.
The defense informed the court that they are yet to be supplied with the statements the prosecution intends to use against their clients.
Lawyer Danstan Omari representing Aden told the court that they will take instructions from their clients on how to proceed after they are supplied with the documents and statements.
He also informed the court that at the time of arrest, Sh 400,000 cash, two phoned, ATM cards, National Identity Card and a motor vehicle belonging to his client was confiscated by police and would like them released if they were not part of the exhibits.
Njoki’s lawyer Sam Nyaberi also requested the court to order the release of her two phones and National ID if they were not part of the exhibits.
The court heard that the two are unable to access their monies or carry out day to day transactions without their IDs.
However, according to the prosecution, the items confiscated forms part of the exhibits. the court also heard that Njoki can collect her ID from the police but Aden’s is to subjected to further verification since he is a former military officer.
“We need a maximum of two weeks to verify the ID of the 1st accused since wee need clarification from the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF),” the prosecution submitted.
Aden and Njoki are alleged to have committed the offense on 19th August 2018 at White Star restaurant along Kandara road in Kileleshwa, Nairobi, jointly with others not before court.
One of the main suspects in the shooting died wile in custody at Parklands Police station under unclear circumstances. According to the police, the deceased, David Mwai committed suicide by hanging himself in the bathroom of the station.