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Man in court for stage-managing his kidnapping

09 September 2015, 10:37 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A young man who allegedly stage-managed his kidnapping to fleece his employer KES 623 546 has been arraigned before a Nyeri court and charged with theft.

The court heard that Paul Kipkoech Tanui, 20, used an old man named Moses Maina to notify his employer, Sylvia Imanyara, that he had been kidnapped by a three-man gang while commuting to Nyeri town on a motorbike to bank the said cash on September 3.

Prosecutor Stanselous Mwangi said the suspect who worked at the complainant’s M-Pesa shop in Kiganjo Township asked Maina to tell her employer that he had been badly beaten and dumped near Honi River, several kilometers away after being robbed of the money.

He continued that the suspect, who had smeared his clothes and hands with animal blood, asked his accomplice to escort him to Kiganjo where the shop is located and narrated what transpired to his employer.

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The prosecutor further told Resident Magistrate Catherine Mburu that the complainant on examining the suspect could not see any visible injuries on his body, which baffled her and so she decided to report the matter to police.

He went on to say that police were immediately dispatched to the crime scene to collect any trace of evidence that could have been left behind, but there was none.

Mwangi further said Tanui disclosed to the police that he got the blood he smeared on himself from a nearby slaughterhouse before proceeding to the alleged crime scene.

The court heard that it was at the river that the suspect bumped on Maina whom he convinced to lie that he had been  kidnapped for a small fee of KES 10 000.

The prosecution told the court KES 14 400 was recovered from the suspect and another KES 10 000 from his accomplice.

However, the accused denied the charges, with the police requesting for more time to conclude investigations.

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