, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 21 – Pastor James Ng’ang’a has been freed on a bond of Sh1million with a similar surety by a Limuru Court, after he denied charges of causing death by dangerous driving.
In his ruling, Senior Resident Magistrate Timothy ole Tanchu directed that the preacher can alternatively pay a cash bail of Sh500,000 to secure his release from police custody.
“Accused one is facing four counts and they are set out in the charge sheet. He may be released on bond of Sh1 million with one surety of a similar amount or a cash bail of Sh500,000,” he directed.
Tanchu also freed the evangelist’s three co-accused on bonds of Sh100,000 each with a similar surety or Sh50,000 cash bails in the alternative.
The court ruled that the reasons given by the State when opposing bail were not compelling.
He pointed out that pastor Ng’ang’a had cooperated with investigators and was not a flight risk.
The magistrate also ruled that he was not likely to be a danger to any witness in the case, and that those who will testify had already given their statements to the police.
Ng’ang’a’s lawyer Assa Nyakundi welcomed the ruling stating that it would give him the opportunity to clear his name.
“Quite naturally, the accused are all excited to be granted bail but having said that, I think the magistrate has demonstrated great balance between the defence and the prosecution in analysing the material that was before him and in the end he concluded that it is fair that they be released on bail. We are happy about it,” he stated.
After about two hours, the preacher was released after posting bail and was whisked off in a car with tinted windows with a crowd which had gathered at the court entrance heckling him and a group of youths pelting is vehicles with stones.
Pastor Ng’ang’a is accused of causing death through dangerous driving, giving false information to the police, conspiring to defeat justice and failing to report an accident.
Simon Kuria on the other hand has denied giving false information to the police while Inspector Christopher Nzioka rebutted claims he neglected his duties.
Another police officer, Patrick Baya also denied charges of neglecting his duties.
On Thursday night thugs raided his Karen home and took away cash and other valuables.
The State had opposed the release of Ng’ang’a on bail, saying he could interfere with witnesses.