Gidjoy Investment Ltd fraud case lands four men in court

Former Chief in Nairobi Alexander Hoops Shihemi (second from left) with his co-accused from right to left Peter Gitau Muiruri, Peter Njoroge and Patroba Odoyo Awino at a Milimani court on Friday, August 08,2021 when they were charged a fresh with a land fraud case worth Shs 944 million in Nairobi’s Donholm area. They were each released on a bond of Khs 2 Million or cash bail of Shs 1 Million, mention of the case will be on August 19

The four denied the charges and through their lawyer, Emily Nyongesa, asked for lenient bond terms but the prosecution insisted that the same bond terms be retained which had been given to Peter Gitau and Peter Njoroge who were first charged in 2019

By The Weekly Vision Investigations Team

Four suspects of a self-styled Self-help group were yesterday in court charged afresh over a Khs. 944 Million land fraud criminal case in Nairobi Donholm’s Estate area. The four who include a former Chief of Kayole, Alexander Hoops, Patrobas Awino, Peter Gitau and Peter Njoroge are expected to have five Counts of forgery and Land fraud consolidated.

They are accused of forging three crucial documents namely, a Title deed, a Lease and an allotment letter. The Director of Public Prosecutions through state Counsel Anderson Gikunda told Milimani chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku that the charge sheet against the four was ready after the High court thwarted an attempt by Awino to have their prosecution stopped.

The accused persons, Alexander Hoops, Patrobas Awino, Peter Gitau and Peter Njoroge further conspired to defraud Gidjoy Investments Limited by falsely pretending that they had a genuine title dated November 28, 2001, issued and signed by Rosemary Ngong’a a land registrar

In the first count they are accused that on unknown dates jointly with others not before Court with intent to defraud Gidjoy Investment Ltd of 11.8 acres of land in Donholm, they made a false allotment letter purporting it to be genuine and issued by a lands administration officer.

The disputed parcel of land is the formerly Nairobi /block 82/7333 now part of the amalgamation of other parcels valued at Sh944million. They also face a second Count of forging a lease purportedly signed by the Rosemary Ngong’a ,a land Registrar on unknown dates within the country. They further face a third count of forging a title deed with intent to defraud Gidjoy investment Ltd by forging a Title deed purportedly issued by Ngong’a a Ministry of Lands Official. The court also heard that the four forged a lease document purportedly signed and stamped by Ngarua Kamau & Kamau an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

The accused persons further conspired to defraud Gidjoy investments limited by falsely pretending that they had a genuine title dated November 28, 2001, issued and signed by Rosemary Ngong’a a land registrar.

They denied the charges and through their lawyer, Emily Nyongesa, asked for lenient bond terms but the prosecution insisted that the same bond terms be retained which had been given to Peter Gitau and Peter Njoroge who were charged in 2019. Nyongesa also asked for witness statements from the prosecution.

Chief magistrate Martha Mutuku released them on a cash bail of Sh1million or a bond of Sh2million each. Mutuku told Hoops and Awino that they will have to remain in custody until their bond terms are processed. “You will have to remain in custody until your bond terms are processed,” she said. The matter will be mentioned on August 19, 2021, for pretrial directions.

Last month a Constitutional Court threw out an application by Awino saying that he was using the case to stall the prosecution of the multimillion shillings fraud case.

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