21 November 2012

Kenya: Ex-Shelter Afrique Boss Denies Robbery

A former MD of Shelter Afrique from Cameroon was yesterday charged with robbery with violence. Louis Roger Ouandji allegedly robbed George Ndung'u of his property worth Sh355,050 on November 2 2012 at Bamboo Lane off Riara Road in Nairobi.

He was said to have been part of a gang armed with pangas and rungus. Some of the items the gang allegedly stole are trousers, shirts, jackets, shoes, cement nails, iron sheets, pangas, mattocks and wheel barrow.

Ouandji denied the charges before Kibera Senior Principal Magistrate Teresia Matheka. Through his lawyer, Ouandji applied for reasonable bail terms and be supplied with all the witness statements.

He told the court that the case was a civil matter and it is being handled at the High Court. He said the court is seeking to determine the ownership of the stolen items.

The court heard that Ouandji a retired managing director of a company and has a wife and children who all reside in Kenya.

However, the prosecution opposed the application by the defence saying they were not ready to respond to the application for bond.

They told the court that they need more time to give "compelling reasons" as to why the Cameroonian should not be released on bond.

They appealed to the court to give them one more day in order to get everything ready for the response to the defense application.

They also wanted a pre- bail report to be prepared since the accused is not a Kenyan citizen so that it can shed light on the possibility of the accused being a flight risk. The case will be mentioned today.

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