Briton charged with theft of rifles
08 March 2012, 12:05
Nairobi - A Briton already serving a jail term in
Kenya was charged on Wednesday with robbery with violence, a capital
offence that carries a death sentence.
Briton Jermaine John Grant
and others were accused of robbing four police officers of their loaded
rifles at a police post in Wajir, near the border between Kenya and
Somalia, in 2008, and escaping from police custody.
sheet from the Chief Magistrate's Court said Grant used the aliases Ali
Mohamed Ibrahim and Peter Joseph, and was arrested while clad in a black
robe of the sort normally worn by Muslim women, a head scarf and a
On Wednesday, Grant appeared in court handcuffed and wearing a red and black T-shirt and jeans.
Grant and his co-accused pleaded not guilty, and he looked calm as four witnesses testified against him.
The trial was adjourned to May.
is currently serving a two-and-a-half year jail term, handed down in
late December, for being in Kenya illegally. He has applied for his
sentence to be reviewed by the High Court.
He is also charged
with planning an attack in Kenya in late December after being found in
possession of bomb-making material that included batteries, wire,
ammonium nitrate, lead nitrate, acetone and hydrogen peroxide.
sent troops into neighbouring Somalia in October to pursue Islamist
al-Shabaab rebels, whom it blames for a string of kidnappings and
cross-border attacks, often targeting tourists visiting Kenya.
has stepped up security, both at the border and in Nairobi, as a result
of the cross-border attacks, but its troops in southern Somalia are
still subject to attacks by al-Shabaab fighters.