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Lawyer faces forgery charge over city plot

A city lawyer was  on Wednesday charged with forging a court order used to lift a caveat placed on a Nairobi property worth Sh200 million two years ago.

The property in dispute belongs to the Anglican Church of Kenya from which Rafiki Motors sells cars.

Mr Stephen Oyugi Okello was accused of forging the signature of Mr Martin Maina, an advocate who had placed a caveat on the property.

Mr Okello who was arrested on March 4 and charged on Wednesday.

He was released on bail by Kilimani police and appeared before acting chief magistrate Daniel Ochenja unescorted.

He was accused of making a withdrawal of the caveat order placed on the property purporting it had been prepared by Mr Maina.

Mr Okello denied the charges.

The order was allegedly signed by the High Court’s deputy registrar. He was granted a Sh500,000 bail. Alternatively, he was given a bond of Sh1 million with one surety.

He was remanded in custody as his relatives arranged to deposit the bail. The case was fixed for trial on May 12 with a mention on March 19. 

Mr Maina and Mr Benson Ngugi Njeri are listed as witnesses.