The man who was accused of hanging on a moving helicopter carrying the body of the slain businessman Jacob Juma last Friday has finally been released on bond.
Saleh Wanjala 38 was released by a Bungoma Court on a Ksh. 100, 000 bond or Ksh. 30, 000 cash bail, the cash bail was paid by a good Samaritan.
Principal magistrate Stephen Mogute set the hearing for 6/6/2016 where the accused person is set to appear in court.
Represented by his Lawyers Andrew Kituyi and Onwonga Onkangi, the accused listened contemplatively as his counsel argued out.
“Your honour it’s the police officers and the Prison warders that infringed on the rights of the accused person, you produced an order that our client be taken back to Bungoma County Referral Hospital but the officers colluded and took him to Bungoma GK Prison where he spent two nights before brought in court, this is against his rights because he has not received any medication since Wednesday,” argued lawyer Kituyi
The magistrate ordered Bungoma Police Station OCS Abdulahi Maalim and Bungoma GK Prison in Charge Julius Adero to appear before court on 6th June with a comprehensive report on why the accused person was taken to Prison instead of the Bungoma Hospital as indicated in the order.
Wanjala hitched precariously on the helicopter last Friday at Posta ground in Bungoma town and was arraigned in court on Wednesday before he re-appeared on Friday.
He was on Wednesday charged with endangering his life and that of those on board by hanging hazardously on the helicopter.
Wanjala denied the charges and was given a free bond as police were given more time to amend the charge sheet that will help determine the bond term he should be given.
Wanjala who broke his back borne and the right hand during the incident was wheeled to the court compound with the assistance of Police officers and his close relatives as he re-appeared in court.
Wanjala hitched on the helicopter that had ferried the body of the slain businessman Jacob Juma to Posta ground in Bungoma for public viewing before it was taken to his village home in Mungore Bumula sub-county.