A British national has been charged with fraudulent obtaining shipped goods worth Ksh6.2 million at Port of Mombasa, Kilindini.
Rohyn Majethia faced two charges of obtaining goods by false pretences before Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo.
He denied that on May 31, 2022, at Port of Mombasa Kilindini within Mombasa county obtained from Mediterranean shipping company S. A(MSC) one container comprising High Bulk Dyed spinning yarns for knitting valued at USD 53,221.93 equivalent to Ksh 6,226,966 using a fraudulent obtained original bill of landing number.
According to the Prosecution, British Citizen obtained a shipment comprising of original bills of loading from a courier namely Peter Gichobi Muchir by falsely pretending that he had authority from the designated consignee Equity Bank Kenya limited Gigiri Supreme centre branch to collect the shipment on its behalf.
He is alleged to have committed the offence on May 10, 2022, at Allsops area along Thika Super Highway within Nairobi city county.
The British wants court to be lenient
After denying the offence, Majethia sought to be released on reasonable bail terms on the condition that he will comply with all conditions by the court.
The court heard that he has cooperated with interrogation and investigations by the DCI detectives since his first arrest in the month of May.
His lawyer said the British Citizen was out on a Ksh100,000 police bond pending the conclusion of the probe into the matter and has never attempted to abscond the country.
The prosecution through Anderson Gikunda opposed the request by Majethia to be released on Ksh100,000 and urged the court to consider the offence facing the accused who is a foreigner.
Magistrate Kagendo ordered the accused to be released on a bond of Ksh500,000 or a cash bail of Ksh250,000 with two Kenyan contact persons.