The Star (Nairobi)

23 August 2014

Kenya: Kwale Hotel Owner Denies Causing Client's Death

TWO foreigners running a restaurant in Kwale have been charged with causing the death of their client.

Sollacher Thomas and Edoardo Vasta allegedly caused the death of British soldier John Marley through negligence.

They are charged that between April 24 and 26, 2013, being the CEO and manager of Diani Marine Villa respectively, Sollacher and Eduardo did not repair a bed and side lamp in Marley's room, causing his death.

They denied the charges before resident magistrate Christine Njagi on Thursday.

They were released on Sh100,000 bond each with a Kenyan surety.

Njagi directed that their passports be detained by the court until they produce the surety.

Lawyer Michael Oloo, representing Edoardo, said his client's visa has expired and work permit lost because the passport was taken when he arrested on July 7.

"My client has a child and a fiancée and cannot earn a living because of the charges against him. We seek the release of his passport because we have deposited Sh50,000. He has been a Kenyan citizen since he was three months old," Oloo said.

Lawyer Apollo Muinde for Sollacher said his client can be released on bail because he cannot run away as he owns the restaurant.

But the prosecution objected to the pleas.

The case will be heard on November 7.

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