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Magistrate in court for seeking KES 20,000 bribe

28 August 2015, 18:16 Nyamota Obare

Nairobi - A Nakuru court Friday deferred a plea against a Kericho Magistrate and court clerk accused of receiving a bribe of KES 20,000 to induce judgement  in favour of a suspect.

Senior Principal magistrate Wakumile Ndururu directed that the matter be deferred to a later date after one of the accused Kericho Resident Magistrate Judith Nyakol failed to appear in court.

Her lawyers David Mongeri and Lawrence Karanja urged the court to postpone the plea, saying she was unwell and could not appear in court.

Her co-accused court clerk Robert Cheruiyot however appeared in court  ready to take the plea.

Ms Nyakol and her co-accused  Mr Cheruiyot are accused of  receiving the bribe from a suspect, who had been accused of running a bar  at Brooke Trading Centre within Kericho town without a trade license, in order to terminate his case .

The duo are said to have been  arrested last Thursday while receiving the bribe by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The  anti-graft body's officers  acting  on a tip-off, laid a trap against the Judicial officers following a tip-off that they were planning to receive the money to favour the accused person in a ruling that was to be made on Thursday morning.

The EACC officers allegedly netted them with the treated notes of KES 10,000 each.

Ms Nyakol is said to have fled from the chambers to avoid arrest but she was later arrested in Kericho town.

The two were interrogated and they recorded statements about the incident at Kericho police station.

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