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Suspected transformer thief acquitted

26 July 2012, 13:27 James Kabotia

A middle-aged man alleged to have stolen a transformer worth KES 1.2 million was acquitted on Tuesday after managing to raise a reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case in a Nanyuki court.

Stanley Gitau Gathure pleaded not guilty on the three counts of stealing, handling stolen property and sabotage.

The court heard that on 23 August 2010 at Mungetho area of Kyeni East District of Nyeri County, jointly with others not before court stole transformer of serial number 10320 valued KES 1.2 million, the property of Kenya Power and Lightening Limited.

The court also heard that at the same time and place retained three 20 liters jericane of transformer oil and transformer copper winding, the property of the same company knowing or having reasons to believe them to be stolen property.

The court was further told that at the same place and time, Gathure destroyed the said transformer with intent to steal it knowing that the act will prevent the supply of electricity to the community of Mungetho area.

The prosecution case was that the accused person was transferred from Pangani Police Station to Naromoru Police Station where the above charges were leveled against him.

The court heard that the accused jointly with another man, James Wambugu, had hired a Nissan Sunny saloon car of registration number KAZ 663K on 29th July 2012 which had been detained at Naromoru Police Station for having the stolen properties of Kenya Power and Lightening Company.

However, the case of the accused person is that he neither knew the so called James Wambugu nor the owner of the Nisan Sunny saloon car adding that he had only been arrested by police at Dandora area in Nairobi for having a car which had been reportedly stolen and the said motorvehicle was KBL 611P.

He produced exhibits to the court to show that he had been remanded at Pangani Police Station.

Nanyuki Resident Magistrate Bethuel Kimtai noted that the accused person had no connection with the charges leveled against him.

He also noted that Gathure had been released by the same court on 25th October 2010 at a bond of KES 1 million with a surety of similar amount.

Kimtai therefore deemed it right to acquit the accused person accordingly.

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