Woman forged land title, court told

What you need to know:

  • Ms Mugure claims she bought the land for Sh100 million from businessman Roger Bryan Robson, who has since died.
  • Mr Elms swore that before Mr Robson died in 1997, he left a Will making him the sole executor and legal representative of the estate on behalf of the businessman’s dependants.
  • As he was making efforts to reconstruct the file, Ms Mugure stormed the land with policemen, ejected Mr Elms’ caretaker and abducted security guards who were later abandoned in Thika.

A judge has stopped a businesswoman from interfering with a Sh600 million piece of land in Karen, Nairobi, until a suit to determine ownership is heard.

Justice Mary Gitumbi stopped Ms Agnes Kariuki Mugure from building a perimeter wall around the land or interfering with occupants.

Ms Mugure claims she bought the land for Sh100 million from businessman Roger Bryan Robson, who has since died.

“An injunction is granted restraining Ms Mugure and her agents from laying claim, encroaching, trespassing, or dealing with the land in the applicant’s possession and carrying out any construction work of whatever nature on the said land,” ruled Justice Gitumbi.

The application was filed by Guy Spencer Elms, who sued as the personal representative of the Robson estate, the original landowner.

His lawyer, Mr Philip Nyachoti claimed Ms Mugure forged Mr Robson’s signature to lay claim on the land and hired goons who, in the company of policemen from Hardy Police Station, invaded the land, chased away the workers and began constructing a perimeter wall.

“She forged the deceased’s signature on the land titles number 2327/10 and 2327/117 claiming to have purchased it at Sh100,000,000. The documents she relied on to evict occupants are forgeries and not recognised in law,” said Mr Nyachoti.

SOLE EXECUTOR

Mr Elms swore that before Mr Robson died in 1997, he left a Will making him the sole executor and legal representative of the estate on behalf of the businessman’s dependants.

He became suspicious in September 2012 when some strangers started spying on the land. This prompted him to seek assurance from the chief lands registrar that the title would not be tampered with.

“He requested that an official search be conducted but was informed the file could not be located at that time. He then requested to reconstruct the file since he was in possession of all original documents to prove the deceased’s ownership of the land,” said Mr Nyachoti.

As he was making efforts to reconstruct the file, Ms Mugure stormed the land with policemen, ejected Mr Elms’ caretaker and abducted security guards who were later abandoned in Thika.

Mr Elms wrote to the Inspector General of Police but no action was taken, the court was told.
The hearing is scheduled for February 19.

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