Obure, Ouko bail application ruling set for Monday

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 00:00 |
Chris Philip Obure (left) and co-accused Robert John Ouko Bodo.

The High Court will on Monday next week rule on whether businessman Chris Obure and bodyguard Robert Bodo Ouko will be released on bail in a murder case against them.

Justice Jessie Lesiit fixed the date after hearing the bail application by the two amid objections from the prosecution.

Obure has already been charged alongside Ouko with the murder of car dealer Kevin Omwenga that occurred on August 21 in Kilimani area, Nairobi.

In a virtual hearing, Obure told the court that he is not a flight risk and will avail himself in court whenever he is needed.

Obure appeared on the virtual court proceedings from his bed at Nairobi Hospital.

He has denied allegations that he was in the vicinity during the alleged shooting.

Lawyer Caroline Oduor for Obure told the court her client has not shown tendencies to interfere with witnesses as claimed by the police.

Oduor also says on August 22, Obure presented himself to the police station at 7.45 am in a bid to assist with investigations.

“He has a fixed abode in Nairobi where he lives with his family, gainfully employed with an international company,” she added.

However, the prosecution has strongly opposed Obure’s release on bail arguing that he is a flight risk.

The prosecution says that since Obure works for an aviation company, he may flee the country.

Last Friday, Obure was charged with an additional charge of failing to secure his firearm.

He informed the court that he was feeling unwell and Magistrate Siyianki Tobiko ordered the police to escort him to Nairobi Hospital to be seen by his family doctor.

Oduor has told Justice Lessit that Obure is still undergoing treatment and will be released once his doctor allows him.

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