Bribery case facing Kericho magistrate moved

By: ERIC MATARA

The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Monday sought for more time to present in court the file of a Kericho magistrate facing bribery charges.

The prosecution, which also sought for an adjournment of the case, told Senior Principal Magistrate Liz Gicheha that they needed 14 days to present the file in court.

The court also heard the DPP was yet to provide further instructions on the case.

However, defence lawyers David Mongeri and Lawrence Karanja opposed the request for an adjournment saying they were ready to proceed with the hearing of the case that was scheduled to begin on Monday.

“We will not allow tactics to delay hearing of this case,” said Mr Mongeri.

However, the hearing was moved to November 9, 2015.

SOLICITING SH20,000 BRIBE

The magistrate, Ms Judith Nyakol Achieng and court clerk Robert Cheruiyot have been charged with soliciting a Sh20,000 bribe from Mr Wilson Yegon while at the Kericho Law Courts.

The two are out on a Sh50,000 bond each.

The court was told that the Judiciary employees unlawfully received inducement in order to rule in favour of Mr Yegon.

Mr Yegon had been accused of running a bar at the Brooke Trading Centre without a licence.

The two were arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives within the Kericho court premises.

Defence lawyers had earlier requested the court to order the investigating officers to release the magistrate’s official laptop and identity card, which they said were confiscated during her arrest, before trial kicks off.

They claimed the laptop contained private documents, undelivered rulings and court proceedings.

The court was, however, told that the laptop had been returned to Ms Nyakol.