A MATATU crew accused of pushing a female student from a moving bus to her death have been released on bail pending a determination of their case.
Amos Muigai Mwangi and Alex Musembi Musyoka will be each tasting freedom at a cost of Ksh100K for the murder of Doreen Kinya, 21, since June 13 2018 when they were arrested, charged and denie bail at the high court in Nairobi.
They have pleaded not guilty to the charge which states they jointly murdered Doreen Kinya, 21, on June 13, near Queen of Apostles Church on Thika Road, Nairobi.
It is alleged that the first-year student at the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS) was pushed off a Githurai bus, owned by Zam Zam Sacco.
She died moments after arriving at the nearby Neema Uhai Hospital in Ruaraka where a Good Samaritan rushed her.
A post-mortem revealed her skull was broken after the fatal fall. Her left arm was also broken while her face and arms had bruises resulting from the impact.
Justice James Wakiaga ruled that there was no opposition to their release on bond after lawyers representing them made pleas for their release.
The lawyers said the two come from humble backgrounds and implored the judge to be lenient “and grant favourable and affordable bond terms.”
Justice Wakiaga, however, noted that the deceased student was a rising star in her family being the only one who had gone past Form Four level and was set to travel to the US before the incident which he termed “a big loss to her family.”
The judge further said that in the event the suspects are convicted, they may be senetnced to suffer death and thus was obliged to grant bond terms that will ensure they honour court dates.
He released them of a bond of Ksh300,000 each plus sureties of like amounts and if they are unbale to deposit the bonds, an alternative cash bail of Ks100,000 each and two similar sureties.
The suspects are also required to report to the DCI Kasarani once after every thirty days and have been denied access to prosecution witnesses.
The ill fated bus has also been released to its owner after a scenes of crime officer presented photographs relating to the case in court.
It has been heavily vandalised at the Kasarani police station where it has been impounded and IPOA will be taking up the matter with the OCS…
Hearing continues on April 16, 17 and 18 2019.