Rugby players Olaba, Wanyama out on Ksh.300K bail after pleading not guilty of rape


Rugby players Olaba, Wanyama out on Ksh.300K bail after pleading not guilty of rape

In Summary

  • Two rugby players  - Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba have each been released on a cash bail of  Ksh300,000 after they pleaded not guilty to charges of gang rape and committing an indecent act .
  • The two were in the dock Tuesday after the High Court ordered a retrial.

Two rugby players  – Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba have each been released on a cash bail of  Ksh300,000 by Milimani Law Court  magistrate Zainab Abdul after they pleaded not guilty to charges of gang rape and committing an indecent act .

The two were in the dock Tuesday after the High Court ordered a retrial.

Last week the High Court quashed their conviction and 15-years imprisonment after it ruled that there was no evidence that one of the key witnesses in the case was sworn in before taking to the stand. It is a requirement that one must take oath before testifying.

Further, the court directed that they be charged afresh.

According to the charge sheet presented before the court on Tuesday, the two are alleged to have committed the offence on February 11 2018 at Seefa Apartment in Highrise estate in Nairobi County.

While granting them cash bail, the court noted that it is not bound by the previous proceedings. It however noted that they face serious charges.

Magistrate Zainab Abdul directed that the case be mentioned on July 21 for purposes of fixing a hearing date .

The two have have also been warned not to interfere with witnesses lined up in the case lest it cancels the cash bail.

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