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Advocate involved in KES 29M fraud to remain in police custody

14 November 2014, 15:43 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A Mombasa-based advocate denied swindling a businessman out of KES 29 million.

Lawyer Dennis Mabea pleaded not guilty to the charges before senior resident magistrate Maxwell Gicheru.

Mabea is alleged to have obtaining KES 29 million from Tobias Okoth by pretending that they were in a position to sell him 2.5 acres of land in Shanzu within Mombasa county.

He committed the offense jointly with three other men; Abdullah Ali Ganzala, Michael Karisa and Dadicus Otambo.

The prosecutor, Lydia Kagori, made an application to have Mabea remanded at the port police station.

"If released, he might frustrate police investigations," said Kagori.

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She said the accused had also failed on numerous occasions to appear before the court even after being served with summons.

However, the defense lawyer Odiera objected the detention of Mabea arguing that the prosecutor had not given compelling reason to justify the judgment.

Odiera said he would personally avail Mabea to the police station to record his statements and enable him complete other procedures.

Gicheru directed that Odiera avail Mabea at the port police station to finalise all the police procedures.

He also directed that the warrant of arrest issued against the three other accused be maintained.

Case will be mentioned on November 17 2014.

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