CONSPIRING TO DEFEAT JUSTICE

Ex-rugby player Olaba denies conspiring to kill complainant in gang-rape case

Olaba also faced a second charge of conspiring to defeat justice.

In Summary

• The prosecution said on April 22 this year, he interfered with the trial profess in the gang rape matter by attempting to cause the death of the key witness, K.A.

• The prosecution opposed Olaba's release on bail saying he is likely to interfere with state witnesses especially the complainant.

Former rugby Player Alex Olaba when he appeared at the Milimani Court for mention of his case in which he was charged alongside Frank Wanyama on May 3, 2021.
Former rugby Player Alex Olaba when he appeared at the Milimani Court for mention of his case in which he was charged alongside Frank Wanyama on May 3, 2021.
Image: ENOS TECHE

Former rugby player Alex Olaba has denied conspiring to kill the key witness in his gang rape case.

Olaba appeared on Monday before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.

It is alleged that on diverse dates between 14 April and 22 April within Nairobi county, jointly with others not before the court, he conspired to kill one K.A

K.A. is the complainant in both the gang-rape case and the conspiracy to murder case.

Olaba also faced a second charge of conspiring to defeat justice.

The prosecution said on April 22 this year, he interfered with the trial profess in the gang rape matter by attempting to cause the death of the key witness, K.A.

The prosecution opposed Olaba's release on bail saying he is likely to interfere with state witnesses especially the complainant.

"Olaba may interfere and ensure she does not appear in court to testify," said the prosecution.

Andayi said he will rule on the bail application on Tuesday at noon.

At the same time, Prosecutor Eve Onunga asked a different court where Olaba is facing the gang-rape charge to cancel his bail.

In that case, Olaba had been released on a cash bail of Sh300,000.

The prosecution asked the court to cancel that bail term because he has committed an offence while out on bail.

"Olaba cannot enjoy his liberty when the prosecution key witness' life is at risk," said Onunga.

The prosecution asked the court to have Olaba remanded at the Industrial Area Prison until the gang rape case is heard and determined.

The prosecution also made an application to have the matte heard in camera.

"We are seeking for protection of our key witness in this case, whose also the complainant in the conspiracy to murder case facing the accused," said the prosecution.

Magistrate Zainab Abdul said she will deliver her ruling on the cancellation of bail on May 10.