Judge to make ruling on student arson suspects

By Irene Muchuma-Odim.

A warrant of arrest has been issued against one student from Lang’ata Boys High School after he failed to appear in court.

Meanwhile, the Nairobi’s children court is today expected to make a ruling in a case where 8 students from Sunshine school are accused of conspiracy to cause a felony and attempted arson.

The tribulations of one student from Lang’ata high school deepened after a warrant of arrest was issued against him after the court was told that efforts to convince his parents to produce him in court have proved futile.

Twelve of his colleagues were however in court with the defense calling for lenient bail terms for the suspects arguing that they are first offenders.

Three of the accused students who were found to be minors were slapped with a 200,000 shillings bond while the nine others will have to pay a 100,000 shillings cash bail or an alternative of a 200,000 shillings bond.

Magistrate Martha Mutuka set the hearing of the case for September directing to deposit their identity cards with the court.

Meanwhile, 8 sunshine high school students are facing trial at Nairobi children’s court over conspiracy to cause a felony and attempted arson.

The school’s administration had earlier requested the courts to give room for negotiations. Children’s court chief magistrate Lucy Gitari had released them on a personal bond of 50000 shillings each, a ruling which was later reversed by high court Judge Luka Kimaru who ordered that the students answer to charges of attempted arson and conspiracy to cause a felony.


More to follow.


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