A police officer accused of attempting to murder his lover and her sister has been released on Sh200,000 bond after spending over two weeks in custody.
Nakuru Principal Magistrate Bernard Mararo however restricted the accused, Constable Saka Achimba from leaving his home town unless he is granted permission by court.
Achimba who is attached at the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit in Rongai Sub County is accused of attempting to murder his lover Phanis Nyabaro and her 17-year-old sister.
He allegedly doused the two sisters with petrol and set them on fire on December 28, 2019 at Nyabaro’s kiosk in Fire AP line within Nakuru County leaving them in critical conditions.
Nyabaro and her sister sustained 18 and eight percent burns respectively-on their neck, face, arms and legs.
Achimba appeared before Mr Mararo on Tuesday and applied to be released on a reasonable bail term.
He said that he will comply with the conditions imposed by court and added that he was not a flight risk and will not flee.
He also submitted that he is still innocent until proven guilty.
Ms Moenga Moraa, the victim’s lawyer opposed the application saying that the victims were still in critical condition and the accused may go after them.
“There is a likelihood that the accused may interfere with the victims if he is released on bond," said Ms Moraa adding that they were yet recorded their statements.
Magistrate Mararo agreed that the offence was a bailable one maintaining that the investigating officer has not raised any compelling reasons to oppose bail.
He took note that the victims were still in critical condition and were yet to record their statements.
“I believe that the wider interest of justice is to release the accused on bail. He is hereby released on a surety bond of Sh200,000 with an alternative cash bail of Sh100,000,” ruled Mararo.
The case will be mentioned on February 17.