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Students denied bail in kidnap, murder cases

A high court judge on Wednesday refused to grant bail to two students facing charges of kidnap and murder.

Dancun Livingstone Kimanthi, a fourth year student at USIU, and Winnie Wairimu Kariuki, a first year at Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (Kist),  lost a second attempt to be released on bail in order ro continue with their studies.

The two are accused of killing Sarah Akello Aruwa, a student at USIU, on the night of June 30, 2012 at Kiamiako in Githunguri, Kiambu County.

It is alleged that the two suspects, in the company of others not before court, kidnapped then called Ms Akello’s parents demanding a Sh100,000 ransom.

In their application for bail,the two suspects had told the court that since the trial will take long to be determined, they should be released on bail.

They had argued that their studies had been adverselyaffected since 2012 when they were charged with kidnap and murder. 

They said that since they had cooperated with the police, there was no legal basis to suggest that they would be involved in other crimes.

But Justice Rosemary Korir held on Wednesday that she is convinced releasing two on bail at the moment will compromise the case because they will instill fear in the witnesses, particularity colleagues of Mr Kimanthi at the USIU.

Further, the Judge said the two suspects were likely to abscond and not attend trial because they are facing two capital offences which present a likelihood of conviction if found guilty.