, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – The ruling on the second bail application by Migori Governor Okoth Obado in the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno is set for Wednesday.
Obado, was charged together with his aides Michael Oyamo and Caspal Obiero with whom he is standing trial over the killing and have been in custody since then.
While issuing the directive, Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit of the Criminal Division of the High Court insisted today was the earliest she could have the ruling ready despite a plea for an earlier date by defence lawyers.
Obado’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta had asked the court to free the Migori Governor on bail as the trial continues since the prosecution, according to him, had not adduced compelling evidence suggesting the county chief could interfere with witnesses.
Obado has been behind bars since his arrest on September 21 in connection with the murder of Sharon who was at the time seven months pregnant.
He denied the murder charge when he was arraigned in court on September 24 subsequent to his arrest.
Obado, Oyamo and Obiero are also facing a second murder charge – killing the unborn child Sharon was carrying at the time of her death – after the prosecution sought to amend the initial charge sheet which contained only one count of murder.
Obado first attempt to be admitted on bail flopped on September 27 when Lady Justice Lesiit declined the request owing to uncertainty of the safety of witnesses in the murder trial.
While issuing the ruling on bail application at the time Lady Justice Lesiit said the court could not grant Obado’s application for bail until such a time witness statements are made available and reviewed.
The prosecution had objected to the bail application on grounds that he could interfere with key witnesses in the murder trial.