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Trader in Sh3 million fraud case skips court hearing, loses Sh100k bail

A trader has been charged with defrauding a dairy company of assorted brands of milk valued at Sh3,818,616.

Hassan Ibrahim Isaac denied the charges before Milimani law courts chief magistrate Lucas Onyina.

The particulars of the case indicate Isaac obtained the goods through pretenses.

The charges indicated that on diverse dates between October 31 and December 23, 2022 at Naromoru Dairy Farm Limited in Nyeri County while in the company of others who are yet to be charged with intent to defraud, obtained from Edwin Nginya Kararu assorted milk products.

Mr Onyina was told by state prosecutor Anderson Gikunda that the value of the milk products was Sh3,818,616.

The magistrate heard Isaac pretended to be in a position to pay for the milk products when he categorically knew he was not in a position to pay.

The court heard Isaac was arrested on January 27, 2023, and released on a police bond of Sh120,000.

He had been ordered to present himself in court but failed to turn up.

The court ordered for the forfeiture of the police cash bail to the state.

“It is noteworthy that the cash bail granted to the accused has since been forfeited to the state,” Onyina stated.

He however ordered the accused to sign for a personal bond of Sh1million.

“You will sign for a personal bond of Sh1million before being freed. If you fail to turn up in court then the state will attach your property with an equal value for a further forfeiture,” ruled Onyina.;

The accused was directed to return to court for pre-trial directions in two weeks.

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