Governor Okoth Obado has finally been released on bail. His co accused Oyamo and Obiero were however denied after Judge Jessi Lessit cited that granting the two bail may lead to intimidation. “I find that there are compelling reasons not to grant the second and third accused bail at this stage I find that releasing them may send fear and anxiety to potential witnesses and therefore lead to intimidation which may adversely affect the case.” stated Judge Lessit
Justice Lessit however gave them a right of appeal for bail or bond.
“Their release is likely to disturb public order, peace and public security bearing in mind the reaction of the public at the time of the arrest.”
The granted bail to Obado is on the conditions that he will deposit to court 5 M cash bail; 2 suterities of 5M each, submit his travel documents for Kenya, East Africa and diplomatic passports. He should also report to the deputy registrar of the court once every month.
Judge Lessit also indicated that Obado’s bail will be cancelled by the court if he breaches the following conditions
“The accused shall not go anywhere within 20km of Homa Bay-Migori boundary and the court has the liberty to cancel your bail at any time,” Justice Jessie Lessit warned.
Obado should contact any witnesses
Not intimidate close relations of deceased
Not discuss the deceased or the case in any public meeting
The 3 suspects have been in police custody after they were arrested over the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.