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Two jailed for refusing to be fingerprinted

20 December 2013, 14:20 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Two men were on Friday sentenced to three months jail term by a Nyeri court for refusing to have their fingerprints taken by police officers.

The court heard that Benson Githaiga and Peter Kang’angi refused to have their fingerprints taken at Nyeri police station upon arrest on September 16, 2012.

They had been arrested alongside former Nyeri town MP Wanyiri Kihoro’s brother, Wamahiu Kihoro Wambugu and Bonface Kabiru for allegedly cutting down coffee bushes of the former MP.

They were all arraigned in court and charged with maliciously cutting 355 coffee trees worth KES 192,240 at Gatitu area in Nyeri town, property of the former MP Wanyiri Kihoro.

They allegedly committed the offence at the night of September 6, 2012.

However, Resident Magistrate John Aringo had acquitted them saying the case lacked sufficient evidence to link the suspects with the crime.

He added that the prosecution failed to prove if the parcel of land where the coffee was planted belonged to the complainant.

Githaiga and Kang’angi, while at the police station, refused to be fingerprinted and therefore faced the extra charge.

The two convicts, who failed to mitigate, were shocked when their two other accomplices were set free by the court while they were slapped with the imprisonment without an option of a fine.

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