grannyEsther Nyambura Wachira was arrested at her home in Gakurwe village in Murang?a County on Wednesday and spent a night at Kilimani Police Station before being arraigned in court yesterday at around 8am.

Through a Kikuyu interpreter, she denied that on diverse dates between January 2000 and December 2014 at Masterways Properties Ltd, jointly with another before court, they stole Sh900,000 rent money for a plot in Shauri Moyo.

The accused, who were tenants in a property owned by Peter Macharia, Francis Macharia and Fredrick Mwangi, are said to have defaulted on their rent payment.

Earlier, Ms Wachira sat among remand prisoners at the Milimani Law Courts supporting herself with a walking stick as she waited for the charges to be read.

She could be seen consulting with her children and grandchildren from time to time before the proceedings commenced, perhaps seeking an update on the goings-on in the courtroom.

When her name was finally called, she responded and was assisted by court orderlies to a bench where she sat among lawyers as the charges were read to her.

Prosecutor Eddie Kadebe said the prosecution was not opposed to Ms Wachira being released on bond so long as she undertakes to attend court whenever required.

Milimani Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo directed that Wachira executes a bond of Sh100,000 and one surety.

He directed the case to be mentioned on July 30 after it emerged that there were two files which needed to be consolidated before a trial date is fixed.

?On the basis of her age, I direct the accused to deposit a personal bond and one surety. She must come to court and in default, this court will not hesitate to issue an arrest warrant against her,? the magistrate said.

Another case

Earlier, Wachira?s lawyer Wangalwa Oundo protested the arrest of her client, saying there was a similar case pending before a Makadara court.

He pleaded with the court to release her on lenient bond terms and direct that she be taken to hospital for medical attention.

?The accused is aged and is suffering from diabetes, hypertension and arthritis and due to this condition, I urge the court to be kind to her and release her on affordable bail terms,? Oundo submitted.

By Fred Makana,The Standard

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