Eric Lugalia charged with intent to defraud WOW director of Ksh.250M Karen land


Eric Lugalia charged with intent to defraud WOW director of Ksh.250M Karen land
Eric Lugalia. PHOTO | DZUYA WALTER

Eric Agolla Lugalia has been charged with making a false document.

Also Read: Former CJ Willy Mutunga wants probe into Ksh.250M Karen land allegedly gifted to businessman by Jonathan Moi

It is alleged that on unknown date and place within the country jointly with others not before the court with intent to defraud former WOW director Stuart Gerald Culling Herd of a parcel land situated on Bogani road in Karen.

The 1.9-hectare piece of land is valued at approximately Ksh. 250million.

Eric Lugalia is accused of making a false document–certificate of title–purporting it to be a genuine certificate of tittle issued by the Ministry of Lands a fact he knew to be false.

He was also charged with a second count of forging title deed purporting it to be a genuine certificate issued by the Ministry of Lands.

He faces six other counts of forgery and three other counts of uttering a false document.

He pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe and was released on a cash bail of Ksh. 150,000.

The case will be mentioned on July 30.

Through his lawyers, Lugalia asked the court to bar the media from covering the proceedings arguing that theres a civil case before the high court, a plea that was dismissed by the court.

On Thursday, former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga had asked the court to direct investigations into the identity of the registered owner of the disputed parcel of land in Karen.

In an affidavit where former director at WOW beverages Stuart Gerald Cullinan Herd is in court against businessman Erick Lugalia over the land, Mutunga said when he last visited the property, it was in the possession of the late Cheryl Jean Sonnichen.

He insists that neither Jonathan Moi nor Erick Lugalia were said to be the owners of the disputed property.

Mutunga was a friend to the late Cheryl Jean Sonnichen who was the original owner of the land and later sold to Stuart.

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