Court Makes Surprise Turn Around For 7 Suspects in Ksh 72 Million Heist

Standard Charted Nairobi West Ksh 72 million heist suspects during a past court hearing

The Mlimani Court on Tuesday changed the verdict of seven suspects involved in the Ksh72 million heist.

Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi ruled that the seven were allowed to deposit half the amount of the bond that had been set for each by the court.

The decision by Andayi was as a result of an application by the defence lawyer after the criminals stated that they could not raise the full amount which is Ksh 1 million.

Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi during a past court session

“I have considered that the seven who have been in police custody for about two weeks do not have the capacity to secure Ksh1 million bond. They will deposit Ksh500,000 bond and two similar sureties.” remarked Andayi.

It was reported that only two out of the nine suspects in the case, had manged to obtain the cash.

A week ago, Andayi had rejected an application to deny the suspects bail pointing out that the reasons given by the prosecution team were not satisfactory.

According to the defence team, the state had no jurisdiction to interfere with the rights of the clients.

On September 5, criminals disguised as police officers, robbed G4S personnel Ksh 72 million at a Standard Chartered Bank ATM in Nairobi West.

G4S vehicles

Two police officers had been apprehended with Ksh 7 million of the loot as they tried to escape to Uganda.

A further Ksh 1 million and Ksh 2.3 million had been recovered at a cow shed and in a house belonging to a 60 year-old granny in Machakos County respectively.

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