An American missionary, who has been at the center of Saint Mary’s Missions Hospital ownership row has been charged with forgery and fraud.
Appearing before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, Father William Charles Fyrda pleaded not guilty to the three criminal counts he was accused of.
According to the prosecution, Fryda changed the hospital’s signatories bank account at Prime Bank in September 2013.
His second count is pegged on him uttering a false document where he allegedly changed the hospital’s signatories of the Catholic-run medical institution.
However, the Catholic Priest denied the charges and was freed on a bond of Ksh500,000 or a cash bail of Ksh200,000.
The Assumption of Sisters, Nairobi forcefully evicted the old management and staff at St. Mary’s Hospital Langata after winning ownership dispute case.
This came after a court order by Environment and Land Court Judge Munyao Sila on September 28, 2017, that allowed them to seize management from Fryda who was the initial manager of the St. Mary’s hospitals.
The institution was once again in the limelight when on January 20, 2018, The Assumption of Sisters took over the management of St Mary’s Mission hospital in Gilgil in a 6 am exercise overseen by more than 100 police officers.
The Court of Appeal rejected an application by the American Priest who sought to regain control of the Hospital.
The priest, through senior counsel Paul Muite, had sought to stop the execution of a Lands court judgment that declared the Assumption Sisters as the rightful owners of the health facilities.