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Ranger in court for mishandling firearm

18 June 2015, 12:38 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A man was on Thursday fined KES 10 000 or serve three months in jail by a Nanyuki Court for negligence and mishandling a firearm.

Benson Generali pleaded guilty to the charge before Principal Magistrate Waititu Gichimu.

According to the charge sheet, he committed the offense on June 12, 2015 at Olengiriri primary school in Laikipia County, by leaving his firearm in an unsafe place that could cause harm to the public.

The prosecution said that the accused was at his place of work in Ojogi Conservancy together with his workmate, Joseph Ndung’u when he excused himself to make a call.

And since network coverage in the area is poor, he went to search for a place with sufficient network.

After a long wait for his return, Ndung'u started looking for him but in vain. He then notified police officers who commenced a search for him.

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The court heard that the deputy headteacher of the said primary school found a G3 rifle hidden behind the kitchen door.

He alerted the area chief who took the firearm and took it to Ojogi conservancy where it was identified as the one belonging to Generali.

The accused was later found at Rumuruti Trading centre, where he was arrested and escorted to Doldol police station where he was charged with the offence.

The firearm was produced as an exhibit in court during trial.

However, the magistrate sentenced him despite pleading for forgiveness during mitigation, saying he has a family that depends on him.

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