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Boda boda operator sentenced for reckless riding

04 December 2012, 16:58 Oduor Omondi

A Bodaboda operator has been sentenced to one year imprisonment or pay a KES 25 000 fine after being found guilty of careless riding by a Kisumu court.

Duncan Kimani Njogu pleaded guilty to causing bodily harm to a pedestrian, Vincent Awuor, who was walking along the Kisumu-Kakamega road on September 1 this year due to reckless cycling.

Jane Moraa, a traffic officer, and a witness in the case said the accused was cycling on a very high speed.

She further confirmed that the accused did not have a license.

The complainant asked for medical compensation.

He told the court that she spent over KES 15 000 for medication.

In his ruling, Senior Principal Magistrate Evans Moremi said he had considered the accused’s mitigation, but the sentence was also meant to be a lesson to other wayward motorists engaging in careless cycling.

The accused was however given 14 days to appeal the case.

Meanwhile, a taxi driver has been arraigned before a Kisumu court to answer to charges of 'sneaking' three illegal immigrants of Somali origin into the town.

Benjamin Wabwire Makokha was accused of carrying Osman Isaac Osman Mohammed and Mumina Sheikh in his car on September 25 without any proper documents that allowed them to the be in Kisumu contrary to Section 53 (e) of Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act.

Appearing before Resident Magistrate, Harrison Adika, the accused pleaded guilty and was released on a bond of KES 100 000 with a surety of a similar amount.

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