Meru ‘James Bond’ out on bail

The man who clung on Cord leader Raila Odinga’s chopper as it took off in Meru has been released on bond.

Julius Mwithalii was on Friday granted a Sh20,000 bond with a surety of the same amount or cash bail of Sh20, 000.

Mwithalii, 28 who appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Anthony Munene in Maua.

The court had ordered a mental check-up for the accused after his lawyers applied for his release in bond.

His lawyers, Kiogora Mugambi and Hosea Mutembei told the court their client will not abscond.

The defence lawyers had earlier pleaded with the court to grant him a personal bond but the State counsel opposed the application saying the offence committed was serious.

The lawyers also argued that Mwithalii is the sole bread winner and his family will suffer if he remains in custody.

Mwithalii was charged with attempted suicide after he dangerously hang on a helicopter carrying Mr Odinga in Meru on January 26.

The case will be mentioned on July 6.

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