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Priest Oduor off the hook in coronavirus case

By Alphonse Mungahu
Thursday, October 15th, 2020
Catholic priest Fr Richard Onyango Oduor at Milimani Law Courts. Photo/PD/CHARLES MATHAI
In summary

A Nairobi court has freed Catholic priest Richard Oduor from an offence of spreading Coronavirus.

Milimani principal magistrate Martha Nanzushi discharged the priest after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji made an application to withdraw the criminal case against him under Section 87(a) of Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) for lack of evidence.

When the case came up for mention on Thursday, a senior state prosecutor informed the court that he has instructions from his boss to withdraw the charges against priest Oduor. 

The magistrate allowed the request and subsequently discharged the priest.

She also directed the cash bail of Sh 150,000 deposited in court by Oduor be refunded to him.

Prosecution had earlier alleged that on diverse dates in March, 2020 at different places within the Republic of Kenya Oduor negligently spread an infectious disease namely Coivd-19.

The court had  also ordered Oduor to be quarantine for 14 days upon raising his bail terms.

He was  quarantined at Kasis House, at Adams Arcade in Nairobi.

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