A middle-aged man left a magistrate and court officials in stitches after he enquired from the court if he would be allowed to use a cash bail granted by the court for a matter he had been charged with and absconded.
Rama Hussein who appeared before Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate Vincent Adet and pleaded not guilty to fresh charges of creating a disturbance in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace, enquired from the court if he was in a position to use an earlier cash bail of Ksh15,000, which had been granted by the court in 2020.
To the shock of the magistrate, Hussein informed him that he had a similar case before his court and that he has not been attending court although he had the surety document with him, which he produced in court as evidence.
"Your honour, is this not court number 5? l was here before you and l have my earlier cash bail with me, all l wanted to enquire if l can use the same in this new matter to be free," he told the court.
In a quick rejoinder, Adet who perused the earlier file informed the suspect that his cash bail had been forfeited to the state after failing to attend court and that there was a warrant of arrest issued by the court.
"Now that you have disclosed to the court, that you absconded court and there is a warrant of arrest against you, you will be re-arrested awaiting trial," the magistrate said.
Hussein had been charged that on April 3, 2022, at Ngamani area of Jomvu sub-county in Mombasa county created a disturbance in a manner likely to breach peace by threatening William Katana that he will cut him using a panga and also calling him a witch.
The matter will be mentioned on May 9 this year.