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Man freed after failing to raise Sh 1,000 bail for stolen cassava

A man who could not raise a Sh1,000 bail after being charged with stealing five pieces of cassava heaved a sigh of relief after a Machakos court granted him a free bond.

Jimmy Musau could not hide his joy after Principal Magistrate Caroline Ocharo heeded his plea to be released on free bond after admitting he could not raise the required bail.

The elderly man who has been in custody at the Machakos Police Station had earlier on been slapped with a sh 3,000 bond but the amount was later reduced to sh 1,000 after he failed to raise the money.

When the case came for mention on Friday, the accused told the court that he had been waiting for a friend who owed him money to pay him for him to deposit the required bail but he had not succeeded.

“Your honour, I pray for this honorable court to grant me a free bond since I have no means of raising the required amount. I promise to abide by any conditions this court may impose if granted this request,” begged the accused.


While agreeing to his request, the magistrate however cautioned him against absconding subsequent proceedings and told him he risked having fresh charges pressed against him if he defaulted.

She further told the prosecution to ensure the file for the accused is availed in court on August 24 during the hearing of the case failure to which she will have to dismiss the case.

“The accused has been in custody for too long without his case taking off due to the failure of the prosecutor to produce a file for his case. If this file is not availed here during next appearance of the accused, I will have no choice but to withdraw the charges,” ordered Charo.

Musau is charged that on May 11 2015 while at Mumbuni location Machakos county stole five pieces of cassava all valued at Sh 250 being property of Zipporah Mwanza.