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Fresh plea in Sh 944 Million land fraud deferred after suspect claims illness.

by Robert Guyana

A fresh plea in Sh 944 million Donholm land fraud has been deferred after the suspect informed the court that he is sick with Covid-19.
Patrobas Awino was expected to plead to the charges with former Chief of Kayole in Nairobi Alexander Hoops Shihemi together with two other suspects in forgery of ownership documents intended to fraudulently acquire land situated in Donholm Nairobi valued at sh944 million.
However, through his lawyer Emily Nyongesa, Awino said he is with Covid-19 and in isolation.
He said had traveled to the village to visit his wife who was also sick. Nyongesa sought for another date for plea taking as his client recovers.
The other suspects Alexander Hoops, Peter Gitau Muiruri and Peter Njoroge Kanika were present in court.
Milimani chief Magistrate Francis Andayi however deferred the plea to April 6 when all suspects are expected in court.
“I will defer the plea taking and allow one suspect to heal until April 6”, Andayi said.
On October 7, 2019 Patrobas Awino moved to the Constitutional Court to stop his prosecution.
However, on November 30, 2020, Constitutional Judge James Makau struck out the petition (386/2019) filed by Awino for want of prosecution.
While dismissing it, Makau noted that Awino who was the petitioner had failed to appear in Court on several occasions.
Makau explained that on October 22, 2020, he expected the petitioners and their lawyers to file an affidavit to show cause as to why their application should not dismissed which they did not.
“On 22nd October, 2020, this matter was in court but the first petitioner and his lawyer did not make an appearance neither did they file an affidavit to show cause as to why I should not dismiss this petition. It is quite clear that the petitioner has lost interest in pursuing this matter, thereby the same is dismissed for want of prosecution. This file is now closed. “He ruled.

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