NAIROBI, Kenya – A Nairobi Court has adjourned a drug trafficking case valued at 5,905,164 USD facing a Briton, Jack Alexander Wolf and a Kenyan, Roy Francis Mwanthi.
The adjournment followed after a successful application by prosecutor, Mungai Warui on the basis that the Kenyan government wasn’t prepared for the case hearing as they are yet to receive a report from the Kenyan government chemist in relation to the consignment alleged to be cocaine, was linked to the two people accused.
Defence advocates however protested the application by prosecutor questioning motive of charging the accused people if they had not completed investigation, as they came to court ready to proceed with the matter.
The two allegedly trafficked the cocaine concealed in a container at Kilindini Port in Mombasa, Kenya on July 29, 2016, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Mr Marrian, a 31-year-old grandson of the Sixth Earl Cawdor of Castlemart is a director of Mshale Uganda Limited while Mr Mwanthi is a director of Inland Africa Logistics Limited.
The Nairobi Court Senior Resident Magistrate, Derrick Kuto has directed that the prosecution present a list of all their witnesses when the case returns to court, to facilitate faster trial of the matter.
The case will be heard on November 9, 2016.
Mr Marrian’s case was consolidated with another of clearing and forwarding agent, Roy Francis Mwanthi after the prosecution said the circumstances and witnesses are the same.
The defence did not oppose the application for consolidation.
The court also allowed an application to release the passports of the accused, that were being held by court.
The defence however opposed the application for adjournment, saying it appears there was no case against the accused.
However the Court allowed the same and directed the prosecution to avail all witnesses on November 9, when the case will be heard.
Mr Marrian, 31, is the grandson of a colonial Cabinet minister. According to British newspapers, he is the son of Lady Campbell of Cawdor. His maternal family own Cawdor Castle in Scotland.
He is out on a 691,000 USD bond with two Kenyan sureties.
(Reporting by Richard Mbaya; Editing by Omar Nor & Robyn Hunter)