Woman charged over failure to settle Sh229, 505 bill at Intercontinental Hotel on Valentine's Day

Laura Oyier Ogolla in Milimani court where she was charged that on diverse dates, she incured a debt of Sh229,505.75 in Intercontinental Hotel by falsely pretending that she was in a position to pay for the services rendered by the hotel. [PHOTO: GEORGE NJUNGE/STANDARD]

Nairobi, Kenya: A woman found herself behind bars for failing to clear a bill at a five-star hotel.

The 27-year old woman appeared before a Nairobi court Wednesday to answer to charges of obtaining credit by false pretense.

Laura Oyier Ogolla allegedly incurred a bill of Sh229,505 at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi to celebrate Valentine's Day but she was not in a position to clear it.

Ms Ogolla, who appeared before Milimani Resident Magistrate Edda Agade, denied the charges and told the court that she was duped by her lover into spending the money at the hotel. She was released on Sh100,000 cash bail.

She was accused that for a week and three days at Intercontinental hotel along Parliamentary Road within Nairobi County, she incurred a credit amounting to Sh 229,505.

She is alleged to have falsely pretended to be in a position to pay for the services rendered to her by the hotel, a fact she knew to be false.

Dressed in a blue jeans and black blouse, Ogolla walked into the dock shortly after 9am looking composed and ready to face the charges.

Unrepresented, Ogolla did not appear hesitant to deny the charges brought forward by the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Alice Njau.

She requested for lenient bail terms and the Resident Magistrate granted her a cash bail of Sh100, 000 pending hearing of the case, which is scheduled to start on March 8.