German Man Suspect in Sh3.4m Farm Heist Forced to Surrender Passport

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An Eldoret Court has confiscated the passport of a German charged with stealing agrochemicals from a Moiben farm. The German national was working as a farm manager in 2017 when he was accused of ot stealing the farm chemicals worth Sh3.4m.

 

A Maize farm in Uasin Gishu County

Alexander Hergen denied the charges preferred on Monday this week, but the court ordered him to pay Sh 1million as bail, and to surrender his passport.

Hergen was a farm manager at Rosendahl farm in Uasin Gishu’s Moiben constituency when the agrochemicals went missing

Magistrate Ondenyo granted Hergen bail after finding that the evidence against the accused was not compelling enough.

The farm chemicals disappeared sometime between September 2017 and February 2018. When the German was arrested, he was about to get on a flight to Germany. Police officers intercepted him at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi.

An investigative Officer told the court that Hergen was planning to flee the country, but Hergen’s lawyers said that this was not true.

The case continues on January 28th.

 

Rosendahl is one of the largest intensive cereal farming operations in Kenya. The Farm Manager has been in custody for 8 days before he was awarded bail.
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