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Charcoal burning renders a man behind bars

18 July 2012, 14:04 James Kabotia

A Nanyuki court has fined a middle aged man KES 50,000 or in default to serve 6 months in prison for burning charcoal in a forest without a permit.

Isaac Kariuki was charged that on 12th July 2012 at Katinga forest in Meru County, he was found burning charcoal in the said forest without a permit from the forest officer.

The accused person pleaded guilty of the offense before Nanyuki Senior Resident Magistrate Caroline Obara.

The court heard that on that material day, forest rangers were on patrol within Katinga forest when they came across the accused person who was in possession of one sack of charcoal and failed to produce a permit.

In mitigation, Kariuki told the magistrate that he had gone to the forest to find food for his children and that he did not intend to commit the offense.

Obara noted his mitigation and that he was a first offender, but at the same time she said that the law is quite clear on the kind of sentence to be meted on that kind of offense, the minimal being a fine of Ksh 50,000 or in default 6 months imprisonment.

She gave him 14 days to appeal and directed that the exhibit should be protected by the director of Kenya Forest Service.

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