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Man jailed three months, woman released for selling chang’aa

17 December 2013, 16:39 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A middle-aged man has been fined KES 40,000 in default serve three months in jail by a Nyeri court after he admitted selling illicit brew, chang’aa.

Gilbert Thuranira was charged with being in possession of two liters of the illicit alcohol intended to be sold.

He was arrested on November 22, this year at Chaka market, Kieni by Administration Police officers who were on patrol. The police came across some members of public consuming the illicit liquor, according to the prosecution.

The prosecutor, Inspector Stanselous Mwangi told the court that the convict was arrested as he attempted to flee and the said liquor recovered from him. The liquor was verified to be chang’aa by a chemical analyst from the Government Chemist.

However, in mitigation the convict prayed for leniency and forgiveness saying that he had never been arraigned in a court of law and promised that he would never commit the offence again.

The Chief magistrate, Wilbroadah Juma dismissed the mitigation observing that pardoning him would not guarantee behavior change nor eradicate the trade.

At the same court, an elderly woman was released on a cash bail of KES.60,000 after she denied charges of possessing kangara intended to manufacture illicit brew.

Ruth Muthoni was charged that on December 15, this year she was found in possession of the illicit liquor at Gitathini village in Nyeri.

The hearing of her case was slated for January 22, 2014 with a mention of December 30.

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