Eight arrested for failing to pay Ksh.4.4M bill at a Nairobi hotel


Eight arrested for failing to pay Ksh.4.4M bill at a Nairobi hotel
Caroline Muthoni (bottom far right) and her friends; Marylynne Chege, Victor Oduor, Natasha Wanjiru, Jackline Wanjiru, Alvin Onyango, Julius Mwangi and Grace Wanjiru. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • One of the accused is alleged to have invited her friends at Clarence House Hotel to allegedly celebrate what she claimed was her achievement in winning an international award.
  • Six of the eight suspects; Marylynne Chege, Victor Oduor, Natasha Wanjiru, Jackline Wanjiru, Alvin Onyango and Grace Wanjiru opted for an out of court settlement with the hotel.

Eight suspects were Tuesday arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts for failing to pay a bill of Ksh.4.4 million after wining and dining at a lavish hotel in Nairobi’s Westlands area.

One of the accused identified as Caroline Muthoni is alleged to have invited her friends at Clarence House Hotel to allegedly celebrate what she claimed was her achievement in winning an international award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Caroline and her friends; Marylynne Chege, Victor Oduor, Natasha Wanjiru, Jackline Wanjiru, Alvin Onyango, Julius Mwangi and Grace Wanjiru are said to have checked in at the hotel on May 22, 2019 for a week-long celebration conference that was supposed to last until May 30, 2019.

However, after indulging in merrymaking at the facility for six consecutive days without paying, the management became suspicious and demanded for money from the group.

Their reluctance to settle the accrued bill prompted the hotel management to detain them before handing them to the police.

Appearing before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, the eight were charged with intent to defraud the hotel after they caused to be issued with hotel services worth Ksh.4.4 million which they did not settle.

Six of the eight suspects; Marylynne Chege, Victor Oduor, Natasha Wanjiru, Jackline Wanjiru, Alvin Onyango and Grace Wanjiru opted for an out-of-court settlement with the hotel.

Four accused persons gave the representative of the hotel the full amount of Ksh.100,000 each, while the accused persons; Victor Omondi and Alvin Onyango, placed their car — a Toyota Mark X — as security to the complainant pending payment of their debt.

Caroline Muthoni and Julius Mwangi pleaded not guilty to the charges of obtaining credit worth Ksh.3.8 million.

Caroline was released on a cash bail of Ksh.500,000 with an alternative bond of similar amount while Julius was ordered to pay Ksh.100,000 like his other co-accused. He, however, made a deposit of Ksh.50,000 and offered a motorbike as security until he settles the remaining Ksh.50,000.

Caroline Muthoni, the organizer of the conference, might be charged alone in the case if by the next mention date Julius will have settled the matter with the hotel.

The case will be mentioned in two weeks time.

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