A court in Machakos has released on bond three school directors and a principal who are facing charges following the death of a form three student.
The accused persons were arraigned in court on Tuesday over alleged negligence after the form three student of Muisuni Girls High school in Kangundo died on Sunday after a school toilet caved in.
Kangundo Senior Resident Magistrate Martha Opanga ordered for the four to be released on bond pending the next case hearing.
Through their lawyer James Nyengenye, the accused had asked the court to release them on bond arguing that the school was still preparing for the national examinations.
Lawyer Nyengenye who opposed the prosecution’s application to detain the accused persons said 62 KCSE candidates would be greatly affected if the four are detained.
The lawyer further told Magistrate Opanga that his clients were willing to comply with any terms and conditions set by the court.
“They took the first swift step to report the matter to the police and other authorities which led to the successful rescue of the other student who was trapped in the rumble, and are therefore not a flight risk,” said Nyengenye as quoted by the Standard.
The prosecution in its application had asked the court to detain the four after Kangundo District Criminal Investigations Officer (DCIO) Regina Muthue asked for more time to complete investigations into the matter.
Officer Mathue, however, did not oppose the four being released on bond and Magistrate Opanga ordered that they are released on an Sh50,000 personal bond.
The court ordered that the accused be reporting to the DCIO every morning until November 1.
The case will be mentioned on November 1st.