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Court grants bond to son of British aristocrat on cocaine charge

A Nairobi court on Monday released on bond the son of a British aristocrat accused of trafficking cocaine valued at sh598 million at Kilindini Port, Mombasa.

Mr Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian, the grandson of a colonial Cabinet minister, was released a sh70 million bond with two Kenyan sureties. He will be remanded at Industrial Area prison pending processing of bond.

According to British newspapers, Mr Marrian, 31, is the son of Lady Campbell of Cawdor. His maternal family own Cawdor Castle in Scotland.

The court on Monday allowed prosecution to appeal the ruling on bond but declined to stay the ruling.

The court further ordered the accused to deposit his passport in court. He will also be reporting to the investigating officer once every week.

A Kenyan accused in the case, Roy Francis Mwanthi, has also been released on a sh60 million bond with two Kenyan sureties. He will also deposit his passport in court.

Prosecution said the two cases will be consolidated in future.

Magistrate Derrick Kuto, in his ruling, stated that prosecution did not convince him that the two accused should be denied bail.

He however noted that the offence is serious and deserved stiff bond terms.