Governor Obado, co-accused Caspal Obiero and Micheal Oyamo handed more days in custody
1 weeks ago, 17:53
. [David Njaaga,Standard]
Attempt by the defence counsels representing Migori Governor Okoth Obado and his co-accused Caspal Obiero and Michael Oyamo to secure their release on bail has hit a snag at Milimani Law Courts.
This is after Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit made a ruling extending hearing on their bail application to October 24.
The prosecution lawyers Jacob Ondari, Tom Imbali and Alexander Muteti appealed for the court to detain the trio, citing possible interference with the witnesses in Sharon Otieno murder case.
Prosecution argued that witness accounts are still at stake, and that by court granting bail to the suspects; the case will be jeopardized.
On the flipside, Justice Nicholas Ombija while making submission for Obado’s release on bail argued that his client has been committed to the process. Justice Ombija has emphasized that Mr Obado has no direct link to the murder and that he is innocent.
Defence counsel Cliff Ombeta argued that prosecution failed the test in their explanation to justify the why the court should detain his client.
Governor Obado and his personal aide Michael Oyamo have been in police custody together with assembly clerk Caspal Obiero after failed spirited attempts secure bail.
Earlier this week, the prosecution slapped them with fresh murder charge for the unborn baby of the slain stiudent. They pleaded no guilty to the charges.
They are facing additional obstacle after Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya and Sharon Otieno’s mother, Melida Auma, filed an application seeking their detention till the case is completed.
Mr Obado was remanded to Industrial Area GK Prison where he stayed shortly before being admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital.
He told the court on Tuesday that he was being treated for stomache infections.
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