A grandson of former President Daniel arap Moi, Collins Toroitich Moi, has been charged in a Nakuru court with stealing two mobile phones belonging to his daughter and her friend.
On Wednesday, Mr Moi appeared before chief magistrate David Kemei and denied the charge that he stole the two phones belonging to his daughter May Chelimo and her friend Betty Chebet on July 14 this year.
According to the prosecution, the accused stole the gadgets while in a dinner meeting at a hotel in the Nakuru showground area.
Dressed in navy blue trousers and a striped shirt, Mr Moi stood composed as the charges were read to him.
When asked to respond to the charges, Mr Moi denied the accusation, saying he had confiscated the phones from the two but later returned them.
His lawyer, Ochang’ Ajigo, told the court that his client took the phones from the two girls in order to get them to concentrate on crucial discussions they were holding but later gave them back.
Mr Moi maintained that he was only acting as a father and that the two girls might have left their phones in a taxi they used when returning home.
Through his lawyer, Mr Moi told the court that the daughter’s mother was a jilted lover and that she pushed Ms Chelimo to press the charges against him.
The court further heard that Mr Moi’s attempts to buy the girls brand-new phones were turned down.
However, Mr Ajigo successfully persuaded the court to allow the parties in the case to pursue an out-of-court settlement.
The accused was released on a Sh20,000 bond with a surety of a similar amount.