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Man to spend two years in prison for defrauding his lover

25 February 2015, 11:34 Joseph Njung'eh

Murang'a - A middle-aged man in Murang'a has been fined KES 120 000 or serve a two year prison term after he was found guilty of conning his lover out of money and a mobile phone.

Murang'a Chief magistrate, Bildad Ochieng found Patrick Muchiri guilty of obtaining cash amounting to KES 82 000 and a mobile phone worth KES 16 500 from Jane Wanjiru by false pretense.

In the first count, Muchiri was charged that on January 6, 2014 at Sagana town, he obtained KES 42 000 from Wanjiru promising to refund the money within a period of two days claiming he was expecting KES 1.5 million from a real estate deal.

He was further accused that later he falsely obtained the complainant’s phone claiming he wanted to call his father who was not feeling well.

In the third count, Muchiri was accused of obtaining KES 29 187 from Wanjiru in the course of the same day to cater for expenses of repairing a faulty water pump as well as purchasing fertilizer and chemicals for his farm.

In the fourth incident, the accused was charged of receiving KES 10 666 through mobile money transfer to repair his car which her claimed had broken down on his way home.

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In her testimony before the court, Wanjiru said she had fallen in love with the accused two days before the incident as they met on January 4, 2014 during night prayers at a Nyeri church.

“He was charming and showed interest of getting into a relationship with me while we were sharing a drink at a restaurant in Nyeri town the next day,” she narrated before the court.

She further said the accused claimed to be a doctor who had previously worked at Murang’a district hospital before investing in real estate, information she later discovered was all lies.

Wanjiru told the court that they had agreed that he refund the money on January 10, 2014 but Muchiri started acting arrogantly and abusively when she demanded her money back.

In his defence, Muchiri told the court that he was experiencing financial difficulties at the time and that Wanjiru offered to assist him as his lover.

He however confirmed in the court that he was not a doctor or a real estate agent but a businessman who earns his living selling mobile phones and accessories.

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