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Two years in prison for impersonating army officer

18 February 2014, 20:00 Joel Ngugi

Kibera - A business man, aged 22, was sentenced to two years in prison by a Kibera court for impersonating a army officer.

Francis Nganga appeared before acting senior resident magistrate Brian Khaemba he is accused of presenting himself as an officer working for Kenya defence force as an army officer and for fraudulently refusing to pay KES 3000 to a taxi driver, John Kamau.

Nganga admitted to the charges and confirmed the facts as read to the court by the prosecution thus prompting the court to send him to prison on his own conviction.

It was said that the convict hired taxi on the 15th February 2014 in Westlands and asked to be driven to Langata. On arrival at Langata the convict requested the driver to drop him at Equity bank to withdraw cash and pay him but on arrival the accused said he had no money.

It is at this point, while trying to intimidate the driver that he claimed to be an army officer and showed him a photo where accused appears in army uniform. The taxi driver decided to take the accused to Langata barracks where he asked the soldiers that were manning the gate whether the convict was an officer.

The soldiers denied that the convict worked there and advised the taxi driver to take him to the police station. He took him to Langata police where he recorded statement.

While mitigating, the convict informed the court that the photo which police had arrested him had been manipulated and was not him in army uniform, He described the picture as “photoshopped”, urging the court to be lenient with him as he was remorseful.

The court sentenced him for further two years on the second count but the sentences will run concurrently.

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