NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – The proprietor of Club Click Jackson Maina Wangui and a bouncer accused of murdering a reveller in the bar three weeks ago have finally been freed on a bail.
Maina and bouncer Joseph Kirero Sepi have denied murdering Kevin Onyango on the night of May 7 at the club located on Baricho Road, Nairobi.
Maina was released on a Sh1 million cash bail and a similar surety.
Justice Nicholas Ombija also released Sepi on a Sh200,000 cash bail with two sureties of the same amount.
The hearing of the case has been set for October 23.
“The two must report to the Industrial Area police station every first Thursday of the month and they should not leave the jurisdiction (Kenya),” Justice Ombija directed.
The prosecution had urged Justice Nicholas Ombija not to grant them bail arguing there are compelling reasons why they should remain in remand custody.
According to the prosecution, the accused persons were likely to interfere with prosecution witnesses or the trial process.
The bouncer had maintained it was his constitutional right to be released on bond pending trial, as there were no compelling reasons to warrant denial of bail.
Sepi told the court that he was a husband and a father of two aged five and one year and the breadwinner for his 70-year-old sickly mother.
As the sole breadwinner of his young family, Sepi contended it was in the interest of justice that he be released on reasonable bail terms.
The man killed in the club was not immediately identified until two weeks ago when the family positively identified him at the City Mortuary.
The deceased Onyango, 24, worked as a salesman at his father’s business, Iseme Kenya, located on Luthuli Avenue in Nairobi.
He was allegedly killed after an argument reported to have started over a lost phone.
The man’s family has since claimed their son was killed after an argument over a woman.
His father Andrew Otieno said it was not possible the argument was over a lost mobile phone because his son was not a thief.
“My son was a young man and looking at the photograph of the bar owner, he is equally young. I am convinced the whole issue was about women,” he told Capital FM News in an interview last week.
Otieno said his son’s friends have told them he was just seated having a drink when bouncers and the club owner Maina walked and engaged him in a confrontation before they dragged him upstairs where the shooting occurred.