Scandal,Cameroonian charged with obtaining Sh3.5M in fake gold scam

A Cameroonian accused of obtaining Sh3.5 million from a Kenyan in a fake gold business was on Wednesday charged at a Kibera court where he denied the charges.

Victor Shum Elad, alias Victor Malomba Junior, was charged before Kibera senior principal magistrate Derrick Kuto.

He was accused of obtaining the said amount from Tom Mugo Okumu by falsely pretending that he was in a position to assist him to buy 15 kilogrammes of gold, knowing he was lying.

According to the charge sheet, the accused person committed the offence on diverse dates between October 26, 2018, and November 11, 2018, at the Kileleshwa area in the Kilimani sub-county within Nairobi county.

Through his lawyer, the accused person urged the court to release him on a lenient bond term saying he is not a flight risk

The lawyer also informed the court that the accused person was ready to do an out of court settlement with the complainant.

“My client is not a flight risk, I urge the honourable court to release him on lenient bond terms, “he told the court.

The complainant lawyer, however, said the accused person is a flight risk.

According to the report made to Kilimani police station and captured by the detectives, the accused person allegedly lured the complainant that he was in a position to help him buy 15 kilogrammes of gold and ship them to Dubai.

The two struck a deal and he obtained the said amount of money from him.

The magistrate had earlier detained the accused person at Kilimani police station where he spent his weekend as the court awaited the probation report before his bond ruling.

This was after the complainant lawyer urged the court not to release him and requested that a probation report be filed in court which was done on Wednesday.

Kuto ruled that there was no strong reason to deny him a bond. He released him on a cash bail of Sh200,0000 and an alternative bond of Sh500,000.

The court also directed that the matter be mentioned after two weeks so that the accused person can be supplied with witness statements and other documentary pieces of evidence.

He also directed that the accused person’s passport be deposited at the court.

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