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Police thwart students' plan to burn down school

16 June 2015, 13:22 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Hundreds of students of Karima Boys High School in Othaya escaped death after plans by their three colleagues to burn down a dormitory were thwarted by Administration Police officers.

The Form Two students were arrested few minutes after they purchased five litres of petrol in Othaya town.

The three, all aged 16, were intending to burn down the school on Monday night.

They have been arraigned in an Othaya court where they denied the charges.

Appearing before Resident Magistrate Raymond Kibet, they pleaded not guilty to charges of intending to commit arson and were released on a cash bail of KES 50 000 and a bond of KES 100 000 each, with a surety of a similar amount.

The court directed that they be remanded at Nyeri Juvenile Prison if they are unable to raise the amount as the case was slated to be heard on June 25.

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According to the school deputy principal, Peter Ndung’u, the students who were in school uniform had bought the fuel on claims that they had been sent by one of their teachers.

“I got a tip from an Othaya town resident who is a boda boda operator that some of my students had been seen buying fuel. We immediately conducted a roll call and also alerted the police,” said Ndung’u.

He further said that two of the students were nabbed by members of the public who handed them over to police.

“One student managed to escape after wrestling with one man, but he left behind his blazer which had the admission number and school’s name,” added the teacher.

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