Case of Ksh56 Million Stolen Gold Consignment Suspect Gideon Zeddie Otieno Adjourned
Little known gold fraud suspect and businessman Gideon Zeddie Otieno will have to wait a little longer to know his fate after a Court hearing his case was adjourned for lack of witnesses.
The hearing of a Ksh 56 million gold fraud case against Zeddie Otieno and a Congolese citizen was today, Wednesday, November 23, 2022 postponed to December this year.
The prosecution indicated that the matter has been in Court since 2019 and the witness has never been found to appear in court.
The three-year-old case before Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Micheni, couldn’t proceed due to non-availability of the witnesses in court to give their evidence.
In the case, Otieno is charged with Ishikunga Andre Kongolo alias Joseph, a Congolese national accused of stealing a shipment of 200 kg of gold worth Ksh 56 million from Ibrahim Kostoeb Kostoev.
The two are accused of committing the offense on December 21, 2018, at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Swiss Port office No. 223 in Nairobi, together with others who are not in court.
According to the prosecution, Kostoev visited Uganda in December and met a Congolese named Rajabu Pulush in Kampala who told him he could give him 50 kg of gold for US dollars $28,000.
Things went awry after Kostoev deposited a portion of the cash, and he was compelled to make an extra payment.
A quarrel then ensued, after which Kostiev was subsequently notified that the gold had been confiscated by Ugandans.
The matter will be mentioned again on December 14, 2022, for additional and further instructions.
Elsewhere, Following the spate of robberies and armed attacks that have rocked Embu county and its environs, an undercover team of detectives has arrested the main suspects and recovered crucial exhibits, related to the crimes.
Three main suspects have been rounded up after a four-day sting operation that was conducted by detectives from the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau, to put to an end the escalating crime wave that had bedeviled the town and its environs.
James Murathi alias Jimcarter, 39, Andrew Murathi alias Waaxy, 44, and Charles Mwaniki, alias Bush, 37, were arrested last evening and whisked to Siakago police station for further interrogation.
The daring suspects had in August this year broken into a house Ishiara, Mbeere North sub county and terrorised its occupants before making away with assorted household goods, an unspecified amount of cash and the victim’s motor vehicle.
This is after they disconnected the home’s CCTV cameras and took off with its recorder to avoid being unmasked. Detectives have since recovered the vehicle and handed it back to its owner.
Last month, the same gang armed with machetes, axes and other crude weapons staged yet another attack at a homestead in Kanyuambora and made away with around Sh30,000 and 6 mobile phones.
The suspects are being interrogated before arraignment in court to answer to charges of robbery with violence contrary to section 203 and read with section 204 of the penal code.