, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – Former Java Coffee House Managing Director John Cardon Wagner who is serving a 15-year jail term has been released from Kamiti Maximum Prison on bond pending his appeal against the conviction and sentence.
The American businessman, who was found guilty of defiling three girls in September, was ordered to deposit Sh1 million and his passport to the Deputy Registrar of the High Court in Nairobi.
High Court judge Mohammed Warsame granted the stringent bond terms to Mr Wagner pending the determination of an appeal in which the hotelier has challenged his conviction and sentence.
"I hold that this is a fit and proper case for the grant of bail pending the hearing and determination of the applicant’s appeal," ruled Justice Warsame who also ordered that Mr Wagner’s names be supplied to all Immigration Department exit points in the country.
Mr Wagner has lodged 21 grounds in his appeal which is due in court on February 18.
He was jailed by a magistrate who found him guilty of defiling three girls aged between 13 and 14 years along with his two co-accused Judy Nyaguthii and Faith Nyawira, who were sentenced to 10 years each for exposing the girls to prostitution.
His lawyers argue that the trial magistrate erred in her judgment.