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Night guard in court charged for failing to prevent theft

28 January 2015, 12:42 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A man who worked as a night guard at Sportsman Arms hotel in Nanyuki town will be charged with failing to prevent theft, court has ruled.

Joseph Mutonu has however being acquitted over charges of theft and burglary by Nanyuki Principal Magistrate, Florence Macharia.

He was arraigned in court after a shop in the popular hotel was robbed of assorted electrical items worth KES 36 000 on February 25, 2013.

While testifying in court, Police Constable Muhammed Adan of Nanyuki police station had told the court that on that day around 8.00am, he was called by the hotel’s manager who informed him that the hotel had been plundered.

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The manager said the accused was in charge of the gate next to the shop and since there was no sign of a break-in, he held the accused as the prime suspect.

In court, the accused denied the charges adding that he was not in charge of the gate.

The court however did not find enough evidence from the prosecution to convict the accused of burglary and theft hence acquitted him of the charges, but charged him with an alternative count of failing to prevent felony.

The case was slated to continue on March 24, 2015 when the accused will deliver his defence.

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