Ex- Kenya Sevens rugby player Alex Olaba has been jailed for six years, on a count of attempted murder on a witness in a rape case and two years for interfering with the judicial process.
Magistrate Geoffrey Onsaringo on Wednesday passed the sentence over gang rape that was pending in court.
“Although the accused person is remorseful for the offences, he faces are serious. l convict and sentence him to serve six years in count one of conspiracy to kill and two years’ imprisonment in the second account of interference with judicial process. The sentences will run concurrently,” the magistrate said.
Olaba was jailed after he was found guilty of hatching a plan to kill the key prosecution witnesses in his rape case.
“After evaluating the evidence on record, l finds the prosecution has proven the case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt. I therefore convict him accordingly,” the magistrate stated in his judgement.
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Earlier in the month, the court of appeal suspended players Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba over sexual assault pending determination of their case that concerns admissibility of the complainant’s evidence as she testified without taking oath in court.
The victim of the alleged assault, who testified as the first prosecution witness, gave unsworn evidence at the trial court, which led to Justice Ngenye Macharia of the high court, now a court of appeal judge, quashing their sentence after finding that there was a mistrial.
The two had been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each by a magistrate court after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on February 11, 2018, at Seefa Apartments in Highrise, Nairobi.
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