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Man gets 5 years for snatching a tourist's iPhone

04 February 2014, 16:27 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A Mombasa law court has sentenced a man to five years imprisonment for snatching a tourist's mobile phone.

Appearing before senior magistrate Richard Odenyo, Collins Omondi Okendo had pleaded guilty of charges of stealing from the tourist on January 26, 2014.

The court heard that on January 26, 2014 at Stanbic Bank along Digo Road in Mombasa County, the accused jointly with others not before court, stole an iPhone 5 mobile valued at 1 000 US dollars from an American tourist.

The prosecutor, Simon Waithaka said that at round 11.30 am, Jesse Allen Rhodes, who is the compliant in the case, had withdrawn money from a Stanbic Bank ATM on his way to board a taxi a few yards away when the accused snatched his iPhone and sped off.

The compliant pursued the accused while screaming for help from members of the public who apprehended him and subjected him to mob justice before handing him to the police on patrol.

The court also found that the accused person had a bad record and was also facing similar charges in court.

“We have a report that shows that the accused person is a notorious criminal who has been terrorizing people along the Digo Road,” said Waithaka.

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