After three years, the son of a British aristocrat has finally been acquitted of trafficking nearly 100kg of cocaine into Kenya after prosecutors admitted they had no evidence against him.
Jack Marrian, the son of Lady Emma Clare Campbell of Cawdor, was arrested after black plastic bags filled with 100kg of the class A drug were found on a container ship in Mombasa in 2016. The drugs were hidden among bags of brown sugar addressed to Mshale Uganda Limited of which Mr Marrian was a director.
During the trial, police witnesses conceded that they could not link him and co-accused Roy Francis Mwanthi to the cocaine, but the judge overruled an appeal by prosecutors to drop the case and insisted on going ahead.
However, High Court Judge Luka Kimaru today freed Mr Marrian and fellow sudpect following a request by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to discontinue their prosecution after it emerged they were victims of circumstances.
Speaking after the acquittal, Mr Marian said he was “hugely relieved that after so long the prosecution has had the courage to do the right thing”.
The drugs will be destroyed in public on a date to be agreed upon within 14 days under the
supervision of the Chief Magistrate’s Court