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City contractor denies forging titles of Westlands houses

A businessman who allegedly demolished two houses in Westlands worth Sh55 million was charged on Friday with forging title documents to the property.

Mr Francis Nyaga Njeru, denied seven counts of forgery and malicious damage to two proprorties owned by Mr Nazmudin Habib Kassam Kurji, 73 and his wife Sadrudin Habib Kassam Kurji, 70.

Mr Njeru was charged that on October 20 ,2015 at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya jointly with others not before court with intent to defraud Mr Kurji his parcel of land LR1870/1/338 forged a deed Plan No.89418 F.R .No 111/82 purporting it to be a genuine deed plan signed and issued by Mr Peter Francis Njoroge , a senior land surveyor.


The second count stated on the same date and place he allegedly forged a deed plan with intent to defraud Ms Sadrudin of a property registered in her name in the same compound.

On October 15, 2015 , Mr Njeru was accused of conspiring to defraud Mr Kurji his legally acquired property valued at Sh30 million.

The prosecution stated on December 4, 2016, the accused maliciously damaged the said property wilfully and maliciously.

On the same day he was accused of demolishing the property of Sadrudin wortth Sh25 million.

A senior principal magistrate Ms Charity Oluoch heard the couple had lived in the same premises for over 40 years since their youthful years.

Lawyer Michael Osundwa for the accused applied to have the accused released on a reasonable cash bail.

He disclosed to the magistrate Mr Njeru had been released three days ago by a senior resident magistrate Ms Hellen Onkwani when police produced him in court seeking an extension of time to investigate the case.


“The accused had been released on a cash bail of Sh300,000 pending further investigations. I urge this court to extend the same terms,” Mr Osundwa urged.

But the prosecutor opposed and urged the court to enhance the bail terms since the accused has now been formally charged with seven counts.

Ms Oluoch allowed the prosecutions request and enhanced Mr Njeru cash bail by Sh700,000 totalling to Sh1million.

Besides he ordered him to deposit a security of Sh3 million in the alternative.

The case will be tried on February 8,2017.