Deceased rally driver Asad Khan’s family objects Maxine Wahome’s bail release
The family of fallen rally driver Assad Khan has opposed the temporary release of Maxine Wahome, the deceased’s girlfriend, and prime suspect in his murder, on bail.
MM Ambima, the probation officer, told the court the deceased’s family was yet to come to terms with the death.
“The death of Assad Khan is devastating to the family since he was an anchor and the string that held everything together,” said Abima.
Abima further explained the deceased’s family acknowledges that bond is a constitutional right to the accused but it opposed her being freed fearing she might influence the witnesses.
“In as much the family has not received any threats so far from the accused or her proxies, they feel she is capable together with her family to interfere with the witnesses and even flee to another country,” the probation officer states.
The court is set to rule on the bail application on March 29, 2023.
Lady Justice Lilian Mutende set the date after receiving a pre-bail report which recommended she be freed on stringent bail/bond terms.
In the report, Maxine’s family has undertaken to ensure that she abides by the bail/bond terms that will be imposed by the court.
The report stated in part: “In view of the sentiments expressed by all the parties, and in regard to the information provided, this court may grant bail/bond to the accused with stringent measures aimed at protecting the safety and emotional well-being of the victims.”
Also praying for Ms Wahome’s temporary release is defence lawyers Philip Murgor ,Steve Kimathi and Andrew Musangi.
They told the court the accused is youthful and a sportsperson who has brought fame and honor to the country locally and internationally in motorsport.
“Her conduct has been described as good by those we interviewed,” Abima states in the pre-bail report.
Maxine has denied murdering Assad Khan on December 12,2022 at Preston Court Kileleshwa, in Nairobi.
The deceased’s family has also denied allegations by the suspect made through senior counsel Philip Murgor that it is demanding Sh2.5 million from Ms Wahome for her rally car repairs.
The family demanded Murgor withdraws those remarks saying they portrayed Adil in bad light.
But Murgor insisted he stands by the claims.