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Hawker gets 3 years for stealing University cows

21 March 2014, 15:42 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A 20-year-old man who works as a hawker in Nyeri town was Friday handed a three-year-jail term without the option of fine after he admitted to charges of stealing cows belonging to a University.

Daniel Mwangi was accused of stealing three Friesian cows worth KES 540 000 on March 17, 2014 at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DKUT) in Nyeri County.

He is said to have committed the offence jointly with others who were not before the court.

According to the charge sheet, employees of the university were going to milk the dairy cows on the said date at around 4.am when they noted that 18 cows were missing prompting them to alert the university’s security officers.

The prosecutor, Bernard Wamalwa told the court that the security guards, who launched intensive search for the missing cattle, were able to find 15 cows few kilometers from the institution.

He added that the convict alongside two other young men were spotted by some members of the public the following day at around 4.pm at Kamakwa area in the outskirts of Nyeri town transporting the three missing cows.

He said they were subjected to mob justice by the local residents who suspecting them of theft, but were later rescued by police officers who were on patrol.

However, two of the suspects escaped in the process.

In mitigation, Mwangi while pleading for leniency said he was hired to transport the cows to Tetu.

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