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Nairobi court defers Sh598m cocaine charge against son of British aristocrat

The Government Chemist has not released its report on a substance alleged to be cocaine in a drug trafficking case facing a son of a British aristocrat, a prosecutor said Monday.

Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian is accused of trafficking cocaine valued at Sh598 million at Kilindini Port, Mombasa.

Prosecutor Mungai Warui on Monday told Kibera Senior resident magistrate Derrick Kuto that the case could not proceed because the report was not ready.

“It was a huge consignment and the report had to take some time to be ready. The accused were charged on the basis of a preliminary report that indicated the substance was cocaine, “Mr Warui said while applying for the case to be adjourned.

CONSOLIDATED

Mr Marrian’s case was consolidated with another of clearing and forwarding agent Roy Francis Mwanthi after the prosecution said the circumstances and witnesses are the same.

The defence did not oppose the application for consolidation.

The court also allowed an application to release the passports of the accused that were being held by court.

The defence however opposed the application for adjournment, saying it appears there was no case against the accused.

However the Court allowed the same and directed the prosecution to avail all witnesses on November 9 when the case will be heard.

Mr Marrian, 31, is the grandson of a colonial Cabinet minister. According to British newspapers, he is the son of Lady Campbell of Cawdor. His maternal family own Cawdor Castle in Scotland.

He is out on a Sh70 million bond with two Kenyan sureties.