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Reprieve for Kenya Sevens duo as court temporarily quashes 15-year jail term


Reprieve for Kenya Sevens duo as court temporarily quashes 15-year jail term

Kenya Sevens rugby players Alex Olaba and Frank Wanyama have been handed a slight sigh of relief in their rape case.

This is after High Court in Nairobi Tuesday ordered the retrial of the two athletes who are currently in prison serving a 15-year jail term, Citizen TV has reported.

Olaba and Wanyama were last year found guilty of gang-raping a female musician at Highrise Estate, Seefar Towers, Nairobi, in February 2018 on her birthday.

It is reported that in the fresh ruling, there is a contradicting record not showing whether one of the witnesses was sworn or not.

In her Friday, August 16, 2019 rulling, Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku sentenced the then Kenya Harlequin players after finding them guilty of the despicable offense.

She also allowed a period of 14 days to lodge an appeal in the process.

The pair which has represented the Kenya Sevens rugby team at the World Sevens Circuit will now wait for a new determination in the corridors of justice.

Amid the fresh twist of events, the trial will now be determined at a lower court. The High Court has also ordered for the two to be taken to Kilimani Police Station, waiting to take plea before July 7th.

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