Standard Media Group journalist Aaron Ochieng has been charged in a Nairobi court with the theft of a motor vehicle valued at Ksh2.8 million belonging to his colleague Joy Doreen Biira last month.
The Standard Media Group editor was charged with handling stolen property after being found with Biira’s Mercedes E-220 in Kisumu that had been stolen from the media house last month.
In his submissions before the court, Ochieng claimed that he and the Ugandan-born TV anchor were lovers, adding that they had plotted to steal the car together with the aim of reselling it after they reported it stolen.
On her part, Ms Biira – who recently took her fiancée Newton Kungu to Uganda for traditional nuptials – gave a contrary report.
She told the court that she discovered her vehicle was stolen when she noticed that her car keys were missing from her desk.
She reported the matter to the company’s security, and it was found that the car had left the premises at 7:30pm, with occupants remaining unknown.
The vehicle, Mercedes Benz E220, registration number KBY 831K, was reported missing at Industrial area police station.
Investigations commenced immediately, leading to the recovery of the motor vehicle in Kisumu – now bearing a new registration number, KCH 117L – and the occupant namely Aaron Ochieng an employee of Standard Group.
Ochieng was arrested on 31st December 2016 alongside two guards who were on duty on that night, and were remanded at Industrial Area police station, Makadara Division as investigations into the matter continued.
Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Joyce Gandani released Mr Ochieng on a bond of Ksh1 million or a cash bail of Ksh300, 000..
The magistrate further directed that the journalist’s lawyer, Ken Bosire, be supplied with witness statements or any other relevant documents, with the case to be heard the 3rd of February 2017.