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Two men get four years for slaughtering stolen cow

16 June 2015, 10:22 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A court in Hola has sentenced two men to four years imprisonment after pleading guilty to slaughtering a neighbour’s cow with intent to steal the meat.

The two, Esha Magaoni and Ali Ware were shocked after Resident Magistrate Dennis Kiprono declined to consider a fine and issued a maximum sentence to the duo.

It was alleged that on June 11 at Kilindini village within Tana River County, they slaughtered a cow belonging to Abadalla Ahmed.

The state prosecutor, Michel Manu informed the court that on that day, the complainant noticed that one of his livestock was missing from the herd.

He then discovered hoof prints that led to one of the accused person's home only to find freshly slaughtered meat hanging on one of the trees in his homestead.

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“When the complainant inquired from Magaoni where he had bought such a big portion of meat, he was unable to give an explanation but instead led him to the second accused person's home where more meat was discovered,” said Manu.

However, in their defense the accused pleaded with the court to allow them more time to compensate the complainant and reconcile with him.

“We are very remorseful and plead with the court to give us time to compensate the complainant,” said the accused.

The magistrate however said that the stealing and eventual slaughter of the livestock would bring bad blood between pastoral communities.

“I hereby sentence each of the accused persons to four years imprisonment without an option of fine. The accused have 14 days to file an appeal,” ruled Kiprono.

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