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Shock in court as man collapses during trial, dies

07 January 2016, 16:12 Kimagata Maridany

Bomet - Business at Bomet law courts was brought to a standstill Wednesday after a 60-year-old man collapsed and died while facing trial.

Wilson Kipyegon Rotich who was facing charges of obtaining money by false pretense collapsed as he cross examined a witness who had testified against him.

This forced the presiding magistrate, Bomet's Principal Magistrate Pamela Achieng to order that he be rushed to hospital.

Rotich, who was reportedly in good health when he appeared for the hearing of the case was pronounced dead on arrival at the facility and his body was transferred to Longisa Hospital mortuary.

The deceased was facing charges of obtaining KES 120 000 from Caroline Chepchirchir Tuwei by false pretense in August 9, 2013.

The charge sheet read that he obtained the money in Bomet town with intent to defraud Tuwei pretending that he was in a position to sell her a plot.

He however denied the accusation saying he was innocent.

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Bomet County Police Commander, Leah Kithei confirmed the incident saying the cause of the death could not be established immediately.

Kithei said a postmortem will be conducted to try and establish was caused his death.

"We have taken his body to the mortuary at Longisa and it is awaiting postmortem. We are told he had not shown any signs of illness when he was being lined up to face the trial," Kithei told the press in her office.

The police Commandant at the same time revealed that the deceased had arrived from Naivasha Maximum Prison the previous day where he is serving another sentence.

She said Rotich was convicted by a Narok Court to a seven-year-jailterm after he was found guilty of possessing wildlife trophy illegally.

"He was serving a seven-year term at Naivasha for possessing wildlife trophy illegally and had arrived in the morning with other remandees to face trial but unfortunately collapsed during trial," said the officer.

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