Students in court for setting a blaze a dormitory
25 July 2014, 22:59
Nyahururu - The court has today released six boy students from Sipili secondary school Laikipia County with a bond of KES 600, 000 with an assurance of the same amount after setting a blaze their dormitory said to amount to KES two million.
The accused Kelvin Mwangi, Benson Njuguna, Joseph Macharia, Moses Mbugua, Douglas Wahinya and Victor Gakure are said to have sneaked out of school on the 15th day of July and bought petrol at Sipili shopping center, resident magistrate Peter Muholi told the court.
“You are accused of sneaking out of school on the 15th of July to go buy petrol which was meant to set a blaze the dormitory as stipulated in your plans for the strike,” he said.
Magistrate Muholi said they tried setting a blaze the dormitory on the same night but the watchman managed to put off the fire.
The following day the principle of the school called for a Board of governors meeting and that is when the students are said to have sneaked back in school and set a blaze the dormitory and burnt ashes down.
“You later came back the following day that was on the 16th day of July and completed your mission of setting a blaze the dormitory. Nothing was saved out and everything burnt down,” he added.
In mitigation the students asked for their bond to be reduced from the initial 1 million shillings from the previous hearing to a lesser amount.
They case was set for a mention on 30th July and their hearing on 13th August. The 5th accused Douglas Wahinya pleaded guilty and his judgment was set for 30th July during their mention.
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