Court bars lawyer Wajackoya from representing Sharon Otieno’s family in murder case

Migori Governor Okoth Obado at the Milimani Law Courts on Thursday, September 27, 2018 when his bail ...
Migori Governor Okoth Obado at the Milimani Law Courts on Thursday, September 27, 2018 when his bail application was denied. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

A court in Nairobi on Wednesday issued orders barring Lawyer George Wajackoya from representing Sharon’s family in a case in which Migori Governor Okoth Obado is charged with the murder of Sharon Otieno.

In the ruling, the court noted that Wajackoya had confidential information about the case and therefore if he continues to represent the victim’s family, Obado will not be accorded a fair trial.

This was after the court heard how Wajackoya together with Obado had a five-hour meeting at the police station before the governor was charged with murder the following day.

In his petition seeking to have the lawyer disqualified from the case, Governor Obado indicated that Wajackoyah has privileged information which he is apprehensive may be revealed and/or shared with the prosecution in the course of the proceedings.

According to Governor Obado, the continued appearance of the advocate for the victim’s family in the case will breach his constitutional right to a fair trial and cause great miscarriage of justice.

The Migori County boss, in court papers seen by Citizen Digital, said that on September 23, 2018 — two days after his arrest — the advocate paid him a visit at Gigiri Police Station and sought his instructions on the murder case.

Obado was charged with the murder of Sharon Otieno, a university student.

26-year-old Sharon Otieno went missing on September 3 last year after a meeting with a Nation journalist in Migori.

She was found dead two days later near Kodera Forest in Homa Bay County.

The student, who Governor Obado later revealed he was in a relationship with her, was seven months pregnant at the time of her gruesome murder.

A  post-mortem conducted on Sharon’s body revealed she was stabbed eight times, strangled and raped.

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