FROM LEFT:  Vincent Omondi, Eric Mochache, Calvin Okoth and Maryanne Mumbi in the dock at a Nakuru Court on November 7, 2017. PHOTO | AYUB MUIYUROFROM LEFT: Vincent Omondi, Eric Mochache, Calvin Okoth and Maryanne Mumbi in the dock at a Nakuru Court on November 7, 2017. PHOTO | AYUB MUIYURO
By JOSEPH OPENDA and LINET AMULI

The High Court in Nakuru has released on bond two suspects charged with the murder of international rugby player Mike Okombe.

Justice Maureen Odero on Tuesday granted Mr Calvin Okoth and Ms Maryanne Mumbi release on a Sh 300,000 bond each, with surety of a similar amount.

The two who appeared in court on Tuesday denied the charges of killing Michael Shitindo Okombe on November 4 at a house in Olive Inn area in Kiamunyi within the outskirts of Nakuru town where they were attending a birthday party.

The bond application made by Mr Kamau Chomba, the lawyer representing Ms Mumbi- the late Mr Okombe’s girlfriend, was allowed after the prosecution failed to challenge the suspects’ release.

NO OBJECTION

“Having there been no objection by the prosecution on the bond terms, the court directs that the accused persons be released on Sh 300,000 bond each,” ruled Justice Odero.

An autopsy carried out by government pathologist Mr Titus Ngulungu last week revealed that Mr Okombe died due to internal bleeding after he was stabbed four times on different parts of his body.

The report showed the player had four wounds on the chest, head, back and cheek.

The rugby star will be buried at his home in Emasatsi village in Khwisero, Kakamega County.

Mr Okoth and Ms Mumbi were among the four suspects who were arrested following the murder incident.

Two others Mr Eric Mochache and Mr Vincent Omondi were dropped from the suspects list after police investigations failed to link them to the murder.

Justice Odero directed that the two accused persons appear before court on January 22, next year when the hearing will commence.