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Students arraigned on arson charges

19 July 2013, 18:10 Wangui Joseph

Four students of Ndathi Secondary School in Kieni Constituency have been arraigned in a Nyeri court for allegedly setting four dormitories on fire.

Charles Kabui, David Nderitu, Elijah Maina and Joseph Gichuki, all aged between 18 and 19 years, were charged with the offence of burning the dormitories on July 14, 2013 and causing a loss estimated at KES 4 Million.

The suspects who are all form four candidates denied the charges before Senior Resident Magistrate Christine Wekesa.

Released on KES 200 000 bond

They were released on a bond term of KES 200 000 each with sureties of similar amount. The case was slated to proceed on August 26, 2013.

The fire was said to have started in a semi-established dormitory before it spread to the other three adjacent dormitories.

271 male students were affected

About 271 male students from the mixed school were affected.

The inferno was extinguished by fire brigades from Nyeri and Karatina towns though they arrived 45 minutes later after several structures had been razed down.

The fire fighters’ efforts to reach the school on time were hampered by the deplorable condition of Nyeri - Kiganjo road.

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