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Why Joyce Akinyi wants court to proceed with Sh4.2m drug trafficking case

Nairobi businesswoman Joyce Akinyi has asked a Kibera court to allow her drug trafficking case to proceed after the trial magistrate was transferred.

Ms Akinyi had the option of asking the case to start the case afresh before Senior principal Magistrate Barbara Ojoo but chose to proceed from where it had reached.

“Let the case proceed, only one witness has testified so far,” Ms Akinyi’s lawyer told the court.

Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi, who was hearing the case, was last month transferred from Kibera Law Court to Mukurwe-ini in Nyeri county before concluding the case.

Last month chief magistrate Joyce Gandani directed the case to be mentioned before Mrs Ojoo for directions.

“The case will proceed with evidence on record, ” Mrs Ojoo ruled Monday.

HEARING

The case will be heard on January 17 2018.

In the case, Akinyi is charged with possession of narcotic drugs. It is alleged that on March 25 2015 at Dam Two estate in Langata, jointly with John Alex, Rispa Auma and Kelvin Odour, they were found in possession of heroin valued at Sh4.2 million.

She is also accused together with John Alex of trafficking heroin at her Deep West Resort in Langata, Nairobi on March 25 2015.

The alleged narcotic drug had a value of Sh94,000.

John Alex Otieno, Risper Auma and Kelvin Oduor are separately charged with trafficking 1833.6 grams of cocaine valued at Sh4.6 million.

The three were allegedly found at a house in Dam estate, Langata, with sachets containing the proscribed drug on March 25. The charges were merged. Ms Akinyi is out on Sh500,000 bond.