Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s bail application was today declined and hence he will have to spend 11 more days in police custody while the investigation into the murder of Sharon Otieno continues.
This was the ruling delivered by Judge Jessie Lessit ordering Governor Obado to be detained until Monday October 8, 2018. The ruling was in regard to the witness statements that were yet to be taken and presented in court.
“As at the moment, the court cannot determine the bail application for the accused before all the witness statements are in court. The accused will remain in police custody until October 8, 2018.” The judge ordered.
Migori Governor Okoth Obado has been in police custody since Friday, September 21 when he was arrested in connection with the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and detained at Gigiri Police Station in Nairobi.
On Monday, September 24 he was charged with the murder of Sharon Otieno, a count he denied. The court directed he be detained at the Industrial Area Remand Prison pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.
Governor Obado’s legal team had asked that he be released on bail and that their client was ready to present himself to court whenever needed.
The prosecution team however asked the judge to deny him bail noting that investigations were still ongoing and the accused was more likely to temper with witnesses once released.