Briton Alden freed on Sh2mn bail and two sureties in murder case

By Hallygan Agade

British businessman Richard Alden accused of shooting and killing a woman in Karen Nairobi has been released on cash bail.

Justice Jessie Lessit declined to continue holding the Briton in custody ruling that there are no compelling reasons to do so.

The prosecution had objected to releasing Alden the Chief Executive officer at Wananchi Group limited.

Alden who has been in custody for weeks was set free albeit temporarily after being granted a 2 million shillings cash bail with justice Lessit directing that he deposits  his passport in court as additional security for his freedom.

The Briton was also ordered to report to Karen Police station every fortnight as well as disclose his place of residence before bond terms are processed.

Alden was held at industrial Area Prison after he denied being at the center of the  killing of  Grace Wangeci Kinyanjui at his residence in Karen, Nairobi.

He will be back to court on the 5th of July in a separate trial over illegal gun possession and for being in the country illegally.

Meanwhile, three suspects arrested by Anti terrorism police in Malindi town on Wednesday night were arraigned at the Malindi law courts.

The three including Abdulaziz Ali Sultan, Hamid Majid Hamid and Imran Hassan appeared before Malindi Senior Resident Magistrate Yvonne Khatambi but were not charged.

The investigating officer from the Directorate of Criminal investigations asked the court to grant the investigating team 27 days to complete their investigations before preferring charges against the accused.

They were remanded until on Friday awaiting a ruling by the court on the application on whether the suspects will be released on bond or not.