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Two women deny forging cheques to defraud car dealer

03 April 2014, 15:17 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Two young women who had admitted to having attempted to purchase a motor vehicle using forged bankers cheques earlier this week in a Nyeri court have overturned their guilty plea.

Maryanne Makena and Sandra Ntinyari, both aged 20, had a change of mind on Thursday when they appeared before the acting Senior Resident Magistrate, Christine Wekesa.

They had appeared in court to have the facts surrounding the matter read out, following their admission to charges of forging and issuing two forged cheques with intent to defraud a car dealer on March 18, 2014.

Prosecutor Peter Wahome told the court that the accused persons approached Charles Ngotho, a salesman at Stop Ebenezer Motors in Nyeri town on the material date, with the intention of purchasing a car.

He said the two settled on a Toyota Allion saloon car valued at KES 1 126 000, and then issued Ngotho with two CFC bank cheques of KES 563 000 each as down payment after which a sale agreement was drawn.

Wahome added that the cheques were dishonoured by the motor dealer’s bank and the matter reported to the police where investigations were launched leading to their arrest on March 21.

The two Meru based business women had been jointly charged with two counts of forging the cheques purporting them to be genuine ones as issued by CFC Bank Karen branch in Nairobi, and attempting to obtain the motor vehicle by paying for it using the dud cheques.

In addition, Makena faced another count of presenting the forged cheques to the complainant.

But due to the gravity of the offense, the magistrate ordered for pre-bail reports as the two are availed in court in two weeks’ time to determine if they can be released on bond.

The prosecution also asked for more time to conclude investigations.

The matter will be mentioned on April 10, 2014.

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