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Businessman in court for demolishing Westlands house

A businessman alleged to have demolished a house of an elderly couple at Westlands in Nairobi worth Sh55million will be charged on Friday.

Mr Francis Nyaga Njeru appeared in court Wednesday and was released on a cash bail of Sh300,000 to enable him appear before the National Lands Commission (NLC) to defend his ownership of the property, which he allegedly pulled down on Sunday.

The Director of Public Prosecutions through prosecutor Lindsy Mugambi sought to have Mr Njeru detained for seven days to enable land fraud investigators conclude their investigations into the dispute.

The magistrate however declined to order the detention.

Senior Resident Magistrate Ms Hellen Onkwani directed police to finalise investigations within two days.

“This matter is of great public interest as an elderly couple has been exposed and allegedly deprived its legally acquired property,” Ms Onkwani ruled.

The prosecutor earlier told the court that the suspect demolished the house where an elderly couple has lived in it for 40 years.

“The property worth Sh55 million, which was pulled down last Sunday has been the home of Mr Nazmudin Kurji, 73 and his wife, Parin Kurji, 70 for 40 years,” Ms Mugambi stated.

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