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Nakuru school head denied bond in defilement case

Thursday July 5 2018

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Nakuru senior resident magistrate Faith Munyi declined to grant Mr James Gitau, who is the owner and principal of St Agnes Scenery Girls High School, bond as he might interfere with the prosecution’s evidence. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JOSEPH OPENDA
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A secondary school principal who is facing charges of defiling his student will remain in custody after he was denied bond by a Nakuru court.
Senior resident magistrate Faith Munyi declined to grant Mr James Gitau, who is the owner and principal of St Agnes Scenery Girls High School, bond as he would interfere with the prosecution’s evidence.
In her ruling, the magistrate agreed with the prosecution that the suspect would be in a position to interfere with key witness since he is the principal of the school in which the minor attends.
“It is not disputable that the complainant attends the school which is run by the suspect and thus the court is convinced that the accused if released on bond might influence the witnesses by the prosecution,” said the magistrate.
Mr Gitau has denied defiling the 16-year-old girl at school in Nakuru County on the night of June 5, 2018.
He is also facing an alternative count of committing an indecent act with the minor by touching her private parts.
The magistrate, however, directed that the complainants evidence be heard on a priority basis so that the court can make appropriate decision regarding the suspects bond terms.
The case will be heard on July 5.