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Tanzanian alien imprisoned over drugs

16 October 2013, 12:24 John Kioko

Kwale - A Tanzanian national was on Monday sentenced to a total of 4.5 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to three charges.

Juma Khassan was allegedly found guilty of being in the country illegally. He was also charged for being in a place used by people who sniff, inhale or otherwise use narcotic drugs and for possessing equipment used in sniffing, inhaling or otherwise using narcotic drugs.

He appeared before Kwale principal magistrate Elizabeth Usui and pleaded guilty to the three counts he was charged with.

In the first count, Khassan was charged that on October 12 at Makarani village in Ukunda, Kwale, he was found in a place used for the purpose of smoking, sniffing, inhaling or otherwise using narcotic drugs contrary to section 5 (1) (b) of the narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances control act of number 4 of 1994.

Khassan also was charged that on the same date and place, he was found being in contravention to the immigration act since he had no permit or pass authorizing him to be in Kenya.

On the third count, Khassan was charged that on the same day and place, he was found in possession of smoking glasses and syringes in contravention to section 5 (a) of the narcotics act.

In mitigation, the accused urged the court to be lenient on him since he is father of two children who depend on him, and that he was being badly affected by narcotics.

However, principal magistrate, Usui, said that although court considered his mitigation, the offence is serious.

“You are convicted and will serve therefore 18 months in prison for the first count, 12 months for the second count and 2 years for the third count,” she said.

Usui said that once the accused completes his jail terms, he will be repatriated to his homeland Tanzania.

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