Men accused of defrauding Eastleigh Bar Owners Association have case to answer, court rules

0
75
John Manyoncho, Salim Odhiambo Rakula, Antony Kirubi Njoroge and Francis Kilonzo Nzuki before a Nairobi court where they were found with a case to answer. Photo/Suek

Four men accused of defrauding Eastleigh Bar Owners Association over Sh 1.3 million have been put on their defence.

Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi ruled that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against John Manyoncho, Salim Odhiambo Rakula, Antony Kirubi Njoroge and Francis Kilonzo Nzuki.

“The prosecution has established a prima facie case against all four accused persons. I therefore place them on their defence,” ruled the Magistrate.

The four are accused of conspiring to defraud  Nairobi County Government Sh 1,064,000 by falsely pretending that they were in a position to assist the Eastleigh Bar Owners Association to obtain liquor licences from the Liquor Licensing Board Nairobi County Government, a fact they knew to be false.

The court heard that the four committed the offence on or about 8th March 2018 at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya.

The accused persons are also facing several charges of obtaining a total of Sh 1,364,000 from the said Association.

They are also charged with forging liquor licences for several bars purporting them to be genuine and valid licences issued by Nairobi County Government. 

The case will come up on 4th March 20200 for defence hearing.