Court clerk arrested on accusation of receiving Ksh500,000 to steal file from magistrate’s safe

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 5 Jul, 2020 14:37 | < 1 min read
Shanzu Law Courts
Shanzu Law Courts. PHOTO/COURTESY

Detectives in Kisauni, Mombasa County have arrested a court clerk over a missing file in a drug-related case.

Kisauni Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Josephat Kisingu said the clerk, James Makumi, who is stationed at Shanzu Law Courts, was arrested alongside David Kiatu, in charge of the courts archives over the missing file.

The DCI boss said a third suspect, Mark Otieno, was also arrested on suspicion of having given Ksh500,000 to the court clerk for the missing file in the Ksh2 million valued drug-haul.

“Initial investigations indicate that the file went missing a day prior to the mention date which was listed on June 24. The magistrate reported that the file had gone missing and investigations were started and it was established that it had been put under lock and key in the Magistrates chamber and the only other person who had access to the file was his court clerk,” he said.

According to police investigations, the case in which Rosemary Kavinya had been charged with being in possession of cocaine valued at Ksh2, 017, 200 had been listed for hearing on June 24 last month.

Kavinya had denied the charges on June 12, 2020, when she appeared before Shanzu Resident Magistrate David Odhiambo and had been released on a bond awaiting trial.

Further, the DCI boss said that police were looking for other suspects who are still at large.

“Detectives are following crucial leads that will bring to book other suspects who are alleged to have handed over Ksh500,000 to the third suspect to facilitate the disappearance of the file,” he said.