Dead Lithuanian tourist linked to KES 50M heroine trafficking
04 November 2014, 16:06
Mombasa - An advocate representing a Lithuanian national and a Kenyan woman charged with trafficking narcotics has alleged that a deceased Lithuanian suspect, Riekumas Richard, had knowledge of the drugs.
In his submissions, defense lawyer Gerald Magolo said there was no evidence linking Gytis Kudrika and Ann Muthoni to the KES 50 million worth of heroine and asked for their acquittal of the two.
Magolo said at the close of the prosecution, only the deceased had knowledge of the drugs that were found in their hotel room.
He said at one time the deceased locked himself in the hotel room and denied Kudrika and Muthoni access to the room.
“The fact that the deceased had looked himself in the room raises the question; what was he doing alone in the room?” said Magolo.
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The defense lawyer also dismissed the government analyst's report about the drug,saying the prosecution had not produced the items that were suspected to be drugs.
He said the sample produced might not be the products that were in possession of the accused.
Magolo said at the time of the recovery of the alleged drugs, the accused were not in the room and were not the only people in the hotel with access to the room.
“The hotel staff, the deceased and the accused both had access to the room. Any of those three might have planted the drugs in the room,” said Magolo.
He said that the investigation officer had confirmed that the second accused, Ann Muthoni was picked at a club in Mombasa by the two Lithuanian tourists the late Riekumas Richard, and the co-accused Gytis Kudrika who had invited her to their hotel room in Ganjioni where she was later arrested.
“There is an unfortunate gap in the prosecution of the case,” said Magolo.
The accused were arrested in a hotel in Ganjoni with 24.5 kg of heroine after a hotel manager reported the death of a suspected drug baron.
Police who visited the hotel found both the two Lithuanians unconscious and Richard was pronounced dead on arrival to hospital.
The prosecution is set to give their replying affidavits on November 6, 2014.
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