Alex Olaba was detained for attempted murder

A court has remanded former rugby player Alex Olaba for sevens days at the Kilimani Police Station so that detectives may complete their investigation into the allegations that he attempted to murder a key witness of a gang rape case.

Olaba was allowed to be detain by the police for time being by Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi

The police have been trying to detain the former player for 10 days to complete their investigation before charging him officially.

An investigating officer George Otieno told the court that Olaba had made several attempts to contact a state witness in the gang rape case with intention of interfering with his trial case.

Its been said that when Olaba’s attempt into getting a positive response from the victim that he resorted in unlawful and desperate means to silence the witness.

The court was also informed that the suspect wanted to silence the victim permanently  in the gang rape case which he is facing along with another former 7s rugby star Frank Wanyama.

The two are facing the charges  and have a bail of Sh300,000 each.

In August 2020, the national rugby 7s team players were found guilty of gang-rape, and were sentenced to 15 year in prison. Then later appealed to the high court, who then order a retrial after the conclusion that there was not enough evidence that one of the key witnesses was sworn in before taking the stand.

In the affidavit that wanted to detain Olaba for 10 days, the police have claimed that they have proven that the player is lethal and dangerous as he planned to eliminate the witness in an effort to defeat justice.

Hi lawyer objected saying “My client is also ready and willing to cooperate with the police anytime he is required.”

Olaba was dramatically arrested in Nairobi West on Thursday night while meeting a detective police claim was disguised as a hit man-for-hire.