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City trader denies stealing Sh1.2 million worth of smart phones

A young entrepreneur wanted to face prosecution in Nairobi and Kiambu counties has been charged at the Milimani law court after skipping police bond since September 2022.

Police arrested Nelson Ogenga Matoke on March 12, 2023, then produced him before the Milimani law courts to face justice.

Matoke who was arraigned before Milimani chief magistrate Lucas Onyina denied three counts of fraud and making of a fake title deed.

He donned a black t-shirt with the message ‘Good over evil’ inscribed on the front.

He denied that he defrauded a city businessman Felix Ndung’u Gakimo assorted smart phones valued at Sh1.2million.

He was accused of obtaining fraudulently two Samsung Z Fold 3, Two IPhone 13 PRO MAX and Two Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 512GB on diverse dates between September 15 and October 21, 2022.

The court heard that Matoke had pretended he was in a position to pay for them.

He was also charged with making a fake title deed for a parcel of land in Kajiado.

Further, he was charged with uttering the fake title when he knew it had been forged.

When he was called out to plead, a state prosecutor Anderson Gikunda told Onyina: “this suspect is also wanted to face trial before a Kiambu Court”.

Gikunda added: “There is a pending warrant of his arrest issued by a Kiambu Court August 2022. The suspect had gone into hiding. Now that he has been arrested and produced before this court I pray after he pleads to this case, let him be handed over to the investigating officer for onward transmission to Kiambu Law Courts to face prosecution”.

Mr Gikunda told the magistrate that police had been tracing the accused in vain over the Kiambu case.

The court heard before Matoke disappeared he had been summoned to appear to take plea in the Kiambu case.

Gikunda applied to have the suspect to be remanded at a Kiambu police station then be returned to court on March 16,2023 for pre-trial directions.

He did not oppose the accused being released on bond.

A defence lawyer applied for his release on bond saying the Kiambu case has no direct bearing with the case before the Milimani law courts.

Onyina freed him on a cash bail of Sh400,000.

He directed the accused be detained at Kiambu Police Station to enable the investigating officer escort him to the Kiambu chief magistrates court on March 14, 2023 to answer charges in the other case.

Matoke will now appear before a Kiambu court to answer charges before being returned to Milimani for further directions on March 16,2023.

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