Maxine Wahome, the Safari Rally Queen charged with the murder of her partner and boyfriend Asad Khan, has been released on a bond of $20,000 (Kshs 2 million) with surety of a similar amount, the Daily Nation reports.
In her ruling, High Court Judge Justice Lilian Mutende on Thursday (March 30) said the prosecution did not provide convincing evidence to deny her bond.
The judge also noted that according to Article 49, Maxine Wahome has a right to be released on bail under specific conditions unless there is irrefutable evidence for her to remain in custody.
She also observed that the family of the deceased (Asad Khan’s family) and the prosecution opposed her being freed on bond but acknowledged bail is her constitutional right.
“The prosecution did not advance any compelling reasons to warrant the court to deny her bond.”
“I hereby grant the accused a bond of Ksh 2 million with surety of a similar amount. Further orders are that the accused deposits her passport in court,” Justice Mutende ruled.
The judge further directed Maxine not to travel outside the country (Kenya) without the court’s permission. Justice Mutende also directed the accused not to interfere with the witnesses who have recorded statements. If she should, she is expected to face serious consequences or have her bail revoked.
Justice Mutende also said the social reports prepared by the probation department favored Maxine being freed on bond.
The defense team, renowned attorney Phillip Murgor, Andrew Musangi, and Steve Kimathi, assured the judge that upon her release, Maxine would reside with her parents, James and Beverly Wahome.
The case will be mentioned before the presiding judge on April 19, 2023.
Just last week, Maxine informed the court that her boyfriend, Asad Khan, was abusive, making her the victim, not the villain.
Maxine was charged with the murder of Asad, which occurred in December last year following a domestic altercation. He died from injuries he sustained during the fight at their house in Kileleshwa.
According to Mpasho, Maxine, through her lead attorney (Phillip Murgor), said Asad, who she alleged was a mechanic, had been pocketing all her sponsorship money, leaving her stone broke.
Murgor informed Justice Mutende that all the cash went to Asad and his kin.
“Asad was a mechanic who helped Maxine fix her rally cars, and when she got famous, all the sponsorship money ended up in the hands of Asad and his brother Adil,” he said.
“And as she stands here, she does not have anything in her pocket and very little in her bank account.”
Murgor also told the court that Adil is holding Maxine’s rally car hostage and demanding $29,000 (Kshs 2,900,000) for its release.
Justice Mutende told Murgor that the allegation was extreme and she would not record it.
The renowned criminal attorney also narrated to the court how Maxine met Asad. She was a kindergarten school teacher at a nearby school, and the deceased tracked her down and got her contact.
Maxine, now 25, got into a relationship with Asad, who passed away aged 50 when she was 22.
As for why the celebrity safari rally did not visit Asad in the hospital, Murgor said she did not want to face the deceased’s, hostile family.
Asad’s family had opposed Maxine’s application to be released on bail.
In the pre-bail report filed Monday (March 27), Adil informed the court that the two families are now mortal enemies. The two families – Asad’s and Maxine’s are well-known to each other and formed a deep connection due to their love for motorsport.
“Everything happened so fast, unexpectedly. One moment the two families are all happy and celebrating in a rally, and the next, they are worst of enemies,” the report reads.
“They(families) were aware of the love relationship between the accused and deceased.”
The law when it comes to women pic.twitter.com/ZtBjHjNCIZ
— Bucks (@Edi_officia) March 30, 2023
It’s just the law; nothing sinister here. It’s every accused person’s right to be freed on bond as long as the court is satisfied that :
🔹they’ll not abscond from the jurisdiction
🔹 they’ll interfere with the case or witnesses
🔹 they’ll surrender to court when required to.
— Rush✍️ (@Rush_254) March 30, 2023
To be a Kikuyu is the highest position any Kenyan can pray for.
— Masiro Maraba (@KenAmedium) March 30, 2023
Am surprised it took this long for her to be released… money talks…if you have no money you Will stay in remand for years
— Deleted User (@trojanhorse600) March 30, 2023
Another reason to look for Money guyz 🙌🙌😎😎
— Capt Constand Benard (@ConstandBenard) March 30, 2023
If the guys who sodomized Jeff before killing him are still walking scot free then her case isn’t that serious if we compare both cases.
— Rachetoh (@Rachetoh) March 30, 2023
our judicial system is dead, meanwhile they cried when mason greenwood was released for just an allegation 😭these feminists,I heard even the Manchester United women team are threatening to strike if greenwood comes back
— DCIrongai (@Dcirongai) March 30, 2023
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