Nairobi MCA freed from criminal charge in Sh2.1m fraud case after victim opts to settle out of court

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 1 Apr, 2021 12:59 | < 1 min read
Peter Imwatok
Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok. PHOTO | PD
Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok. PHOTO | PD

A Nairobi court has freed Makongeni Ward MCA Peter Anyule Imwatok from a criminal charge of obtaining Sh2.1 million by false pretenses.

Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate Zainab Abdul freed the MCA after the court was informed that the complainant, Fresky Jepchirchir Bett, opted to settle the matter out-of-court.

The state prosecutor told the court that was instructed to withdraw the case against Imwatok following Bett's decision.

The magistrate granted the request and acquitted the MCA as prayed by the prosecution. She also directed the Sh200,000 cash bail Imwatok paid to court be refunded.

In the case, the prosecution had alleged that between February 1, 2017, and October 31, 2017, in Nairobi, Imwatok with intent to defraud had obtained Sh 2,190,000 from Bett by falsely pretending he was in a position to sell to her a parcel of land.

The MCA had denied the charge and was out on bail pending the hearing and determination of the case.