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Prison warden remanded for stealing in cell

07 September 2012, 13:19 James Kabotia

A Kenya prisons warden and two other suspects are being remanded at Nanyuki Police station after they were linked to stealing Ksh 20,000 inside a cell at the Nanyuki law courts.

Two offenders in the cell stole the cash from their fellow inmate who had just been admitted for not following traffic rules.

Mr. Bedan Theuri Murindi a driver at Finlays Horticulture Kenya Limited had entered the cell with Ksh 23,000 in his pocket but was only left with Ksh 3,000.

The Nanyuki Prisons warden who was not donned in his official uniform collaborated with the suspects to acquire the cash.

The suspects strictly hid the money as soon as they robbed it off from the suspect. Mr. Theuri raised alarm in the cell but the money could not be retrieved even after a thorough inspection.

Sometimes later, the warden in plain clothes entered the cell and was given the cash by one of the inmates and cracked a deal of dividing the amount amongst the two of them fifty-fifty.

The inmate instructed the warden to go and clear for him a cash bail of Ksh 10,000 at the bank so that he could be freed.

When the officer reached the bank he cleared the cash bail under his own name but not under the inmate’s name so that he could selfishly be refunded back the cash by the court once the case was over.

He was released from cell but few days after, the warden went to the Senior Resident Magistrate Caroline Obara’s court seeking to withdraw the cash bail.

He claimed that he does not trust the suspect any longer and insisted that he wanted the cash bail withdrawn.

The suspect who was also present in court prompted the whole story to Ms Obara on how the crime was committed.

Ms Obara ordered that both the warden and the suspect be remanded at Nanyuki Police station so as to allow investigations.

The Laikipia East Police boss Joshua Lutukai confirmed that three suspects including the police warden are being held at the station.

“It is so bad to have such crimes happening in a court cell. We will further our investigations into the issue so as to curb such crime in future”, said Mr. Lutukai.

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