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Man jailed for stealing from father

23 May 2013, 10:30 Wangui Joseph

Nyeri - A 29-year-old man was jailed for four years by a Nyeri court for breaking into his father’s house and stealing house hold items worth KES 40,000.

Onesmus Karue Githinji admitted breaking into the house of James Naftali Githinji on March 28 at Kiganjo location, Nyeri County. He stole six stools, four iron sheets, a spray pump, iron scissors, a hammer, a claw-bar, four empty crates, two sufurias, two jembes and two blankets.

Prosecutor, Catherine Wambua told the court that on the material date, the complainant was not at his and was informed of the theft by his neighbor Lucia Nyambura.

She said the following day, Nyambura saw the accused carrying two stools and called the complainant who had already travelled back. He positively identified the stools as his before calling police.

A probation report for the accused noted he was unsuitable for a community service sentence since his area residents had described him as a threat to the community, having been involved in a number of theft cases.

The report also indicated that the area chief had expressed fears of the accused being lynched by members of public from his area if he were to return home.

The court further heard that the accused was also an alcoholic and had a poor background of formal education after dropping out of school at primary level.

In mitigation before Chief Magistrate Wilbrodah Juma, Karue asked for forgiveness saying it was his first offense and swore not to repeat the crime.

He was sentenced to four years in prison.

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