Ms Melida Auma, Mother to slain Rongo University student Sharon Otieno has been begging the court to deny Migori Governor Okoth Obado bail claiming that her family is living in fear.
Following an application filed in court, Ms. Melida Auma argued that releasing the three accused persons on bail will expose witnesses to intimidation, and evidence interference, further adding that it will unduly undermine the prosecution’s case.
In the affidavit it read, “The thought that those accused of killing our daughter can be freed during trial is chilling, a situation not helped by the fact that, as family members, we are possible witnesses in this matter.’’
Ms. Auma further stated that everyone linked to the murder of her daughter Sharon Otieno and her unborn child should remain in custody even as the trial is expedited.
She added that the governor has influence in Migori County and across Nyanza, adding that three other suspects, alleged to be subjects of the county boss, are still at large.
“I pray to the Honorable Court to balance request for bail against the greater public interest to find the killers of Sharon and her unborn child; and to determine that the grant of bail will undermine the latter,” argues Ms Auma.
Obado and his two aides Michael Oyamo and Caspal Obiero were on Wednesday morning presented before Justice Jessie Lessit in Milimani Law Courts for their bail hearing.
The Migori county boss was brought in a Kenya Prisons bus and appeared relaxed.
Migori Governor Okoth Obado disembarking from a prison bus at Milimani Law Courts ahead of his bail hearing.
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Sharon’s mother suffered a blow since the court went against her wish of not granting Obado bail, and released him on a Sh.5million cash bail.
This must worry Ms Auma who had earlier expressed fear her family was living following Obado’s release.
Justice Lessit however denied Obado’s aides bail, and ordered the Migori governor to surrender his passport and all travel documents on fears of him being a flight risk.