Kenyan ex-rugby player Alex Olaba denied that he attempted to murder a key witness in a gang rape case levelled against him.
The court heard that the suspect, alongside others who were not present in court on diverse dates between April 14 and April 22, conspired to kill the said witness, whose name has been withheld for security purposes.
Reports indicate that the police were informed after the former player approached another party looking for ways of eliminating the witness.
Upon receiving the information, police sent undercover officers who posed as possible executors of his mission before they pounced on him.
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, Olaba also denied conspiracy to block the justice charge.
Meanwhile, the prosecution opposed his release on bail, saying he might interfere with key witnesses, especially the complainant.
Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi will issue his ruling on the bail application on Tuesday, May 4.
During his arrest last week, police said the former Kenya Harlequins player blamed satanic forces for his actions.
Two mobile phones were recovered during his arrest, and they had been taken for forensic examination to unveil more suspects.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.