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Woman charged with failing to pay Sh230K Valentine’s bills in Five Star hotel

A 27-year-old woman has been charged in court for allegedly failing to pay a five star hotel expenses she incurred during the recently concluded Valentine’s Day.

Laura Oyier Ogolla was arraigned before Milimani Law Courts resident magistrate Edda Agade accused of incurring up to Sh229,505 at the Inter-Continental Hotel by pretending that she was in a position to foot bills for the services rendered.

Laura, who is a musician, checked into the five-star hotel as a guest on January 27 and stayed on until February 16, 2015.

The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Alice Njeru, told Ms Agade that the accused enjoyed various services during her 21-day stay at the high-cost hotel.

The prosecution alleges that the accused was sneaking out of the hotel and returning in the wee hours of the morning without being noticed by the staff at the reception.

FAILED TO PAY FOR SERVICES

The suspect was arrested on February 16 and put in police custody until Wednesday when she was charged with failing to pay for the services rendered.

Laura, who was accused of obtaining credit through false pretext contrary to Section 316 of the Penal Code, applied to be admitted to bond.

“I urge this honourabe court to grant me bail. I’m a Kenyan citizen and I’m not a flight risk,” pleaded Ms Ogolla.

Inspector Njeru did not oppose the bail plea by the accused saying Article 49 (h) of the Constitution allows every suspect to be “released on bond or bail on reasonable conditions pending trial and determination of the case against him or her”.

In her brief ruling, Ms Agade allowed Laura’s plea to bail. She ordered the musician to deposit a cash bail of Sh100,000 pending determination of the case.

She also directed the prosecution to supply the suspect with all witness statements and any exhibits, which will be relied upon as evidence at the trial. The trial commences on April 15.