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Joyce Akinyi, others charged of Sh5 million drug trafficking claim

WORK LIFE
By Faith Karanja | Aug 19th 2019 | 2 min read
By Faith Karanja | August 19th 2019
WORK LIFE

Two women and a Congolese man have been charged with trafficking Narcotic drugs valued at Sh 5,588,580 contrary to section 4 (a) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances control Act of 1994.

Joyce Akinyi, Peris Anyango Omondi and Paulin Kalala Musankinshay appeared before Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Law Courts Magistrate Christine Njagi and denied the charges.

They were accused that on July 13, 2019, at Deep West Resort within Nairobi, they trafficked heroin.

Akinyi and Omondi are further charged with possessing forged Democratic Republic of Congo passports contrary to section 54(1)(c) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act No. 12 of 2011.

They have all denied the charges.

Through their lawyer John Ogada, Dorcas Osabwa and Elvis Abenga the accused pleaded with the court to be released on favourable cash bail.

In her ruling, Senior Resident Magistrate at JKIA Law Courts, Christine Njagi released Joyce Akinyi and Peris Omondi on a bond of Sh 2,000,000 each with two sureties of the same amount.

“The two persons should report to the police station once every week and not travel without informing the Court,” ruled Njagi.

The court, however, denied Congolese national Pauline Kalala bail due to compelling circumstances in his case and that he had no known contacts in Nairobi and investigations were still going on.

“I request the court to grant us all the witness statements, documentary exhibits and inventories of the property taken from the accused persons,” said Ogada.

Ogada also asked for the release of Joyce Akinyi’s car and other property, which were taken by the police during their arrest.

The magistrate ordered that they file a formal application for the release of the property to enable the prosecution to respond.

The case was fixed for a pre-trial conference on August 27, 2019.

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