Fate of suspect in Ksh.140M Dubai cash heist set for Thursday


George Gitau Maina
George Gitau Maina before a Nairobi Court over the Ksh.140M Dubai cash heist.

In Summary

  • The suspect was arrested on November 6, 2018 at his home in Mwihoko area and a total of Ksh.240,000 recovered from his house alongside land title deeds.
  • It is believed that on March 4, 2018, the respondents stole the said amount from a Company named Transguard cash while on transit to refill an ATM at Dierra city mall in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
  • The case will be mentioned on November 22, 2018.

A Nairobi court will on Thursday rule on whether to release or further detain the second suspect charged in connection with theft of Ksh.140 million in Dubai.

This is after the investigators moved to court asking for seven more days to complete their investigations.

The suspect, George Gitau Maina, 28, was first arraigned at the Milimani law courts on November 7, 2018 and investigators were granted 14 days to detain him, time that has since elapsed.

Gitau, through advocate Dorine Kalii, had opposed an application for his further detention arguing that the prosecution had not presented any evidence before court to support their application.

“Your honor…we are not even sure if they carried out any investigations since they have tabled nothing before this court to show that indeed they are committed to complete this matter, I therefore oppose their application and request that you release the subject on bail/bond terms,” argued Kalii.

The investigating team, who were before Senior Resident Magistrate Bernard Nzakyo, however, maintained that they have been working hard to complete investigations, adding that their boss, the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, has traveled to Dubai in relation to the matter.

The court heard that the second suspect Gitau was arrested on November 6, 2018 at his home in Mwihoko area and a total of Ksh.240,000 recovered from his house alongside land title deeds.

It is believed that on March 4, 2018, the respondents stole the said amount from a Company named Transguard cash. The money was on transit to refill an ATM at Dierra city mall in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The case will be mentioned on November 22, 2018 before Resident Magistrate Hellen Onkwani for purpose of ruling on bail/bond terms.

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