Murang’a MCA released after being arrested for failing to attend court

Murang’a MCA Peter Mburu Muthoni has been released after he was arrested for failing to attend court for the hearing of a fraud case he faces.

Mburu was arrested on Friday 23rd at Milimani law courts where he had gone to attend another criminal case against him.

Through his lawyers, the MCA wanted the warrant of arrest lifted arguing that he was unwell and admitted in hospital when the warrant was issued.

The lawyers further said that if their client availed himself before another court, it indicated that he was not likely to abscond court.

The court also heard that Mburu was not served with the next court date after he failed to attend due to his illness.

The prosecution, however, responded that the warrant was issued on 5th March since no documents were presented before court to show that the accused was unwell.

The complainant through her lawyer said sources confirmed to her that the MCA was in Kabati, Murang’a doing his job, but attending court.

She added that even if the accused is an MCA, he should respect court.

While making the order, Principal Magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot said the accused had proved that he was seen by medical personnel at Murang’a District hospital, adding that there was no prove that the medical documents before court were fake.

”No evidence has been presented before this court to show the medical documents availed by the accused person are fake. He may therefore continue to be free on bond terms as earlier set,” ruled Cheruiyot.

The MCA was charged in 2016 with five counts of offenses among them, obtaining money by false pretenses, making document without authority and uttering false document.

Mburu was charged with obtaining Sh 2.9 million from one Alice Peninah Wanjiku Guchu by pretending that he was in a position to sell her a motor vehicle (Isuzu Truck).

The accused is alleged to have committed the offense on 18th and 29th June 2016 at pioneer house in Nairobi jointly with others not before court.

He was further charged with making a fake identity card in the name of Solomon Kamau Nyingi purporting it to be genuine and issued by registrar of persons.

Lastly, Mburu was charged with uttering and making a fake court order for warrant to sell property from Nairobi commercial courts dated 4th June 2016 purporting it to be genuine issued by the Chief Magistrate, Milimani commercial court.

The case will be heard on 30th May 2018.