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Underage boy gets 4 years for stealing from employer

30 January 2014, 12:42 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A 17-year-old boy was Thursday sent to jail for four years by a Nyeri court after he admitted to charges of stealing assorted goods from his employer. His accomplice denied the charges.

The boy, Vaati Musyoka was accused alongside Isaac Kivondo that on the night November 2, 2013 at Forest Slopes Academy at Kabaru Location in Nyeri County, they broke into the school’s main office and stole a laptop, sewing machine, two packets of carrots seeds, a DVD player, an amplifier and other goods all worth KES 58,420.

The prosecutor, Stanislaus Mwangi told the court that that day, the complainant, who is the school’s director, locked the school’s office around 7 pm and left for his home only to find the office's main door broken and the said items missing the following day, a matter that he reported at the Kimahuri police post.

The director later informed the police that two of his farm workers were missing, forcing the officers to intensify search for the two.

Musyoka and his accomplice were spotted two days later carrying a huge gunny bag which contained the stolen goods.

The convict, who was in custody waiting for probation report, told the court that on the said date he was awoken by his workmate to help him ferry some goods and thus he was not directly involved in the incident.

He pleaded for leniency saying he is an orphan and was unable to attain primary education since there was no one to support him, claims that were refuted by the probation’s report which indicated that the boy was from a relatively financially stable family and thus he dropped from school for lack of interest.

The report further revealed that Musyoka, who is from Makueni County, was not a first offender since he was sent to a rehabilitation school in Kabete back in 2012 after he was found guilty of stealing a mobile phone.

The probation officers were however unable to find out how Musyoka found his way to Nyeri.

Chief Magistrate Wilbrodah Juma found the boy untruthful in his mitigation saying his first conviction to rehabilitation centre did not help him.

Musyoka’s accomplice is out on a KES 100,000 bond and his case is yet to be determined.

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