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University student arraigned on theft charges

13 August 2014, 10:10 Kenn Laban

Kakamega - A University student was Tuesday arraigned in Kakamega Chief Magistrate's Court for stealing a HP Pavilion Laptop and an Alcatel mobile phone from a fellow student.

Martin Ochieng was accused of breaking into John Kibe's house at Lurambi Estate over the weekend and made away with the items.

Appearing before the courts’ Chief Magistrate Susan Shitubi, Ochieng' was also charged with alternative charges of being in possession of stolen property.

The third year student at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) pleaded to be released on bond to sit his end of semester exams and was granted a bond of KES 50 000 and one surety.

“I beg the court to release me on bond because I have end of semester exams starting next week,” begged Ochieng.

The case will be heard on the September 25, 2014 with a mention on August 26.

In the same court, a middle-aged woman was fined KES 10 000 or in default serve three months jail after she was found guilty of selling illicit ‘Kangara’ brew.

Beatrice Taabu Khasiani was arrested with twenty liters of the potent drink in her Museno home within Kakamega, which the court ordered destroyed.

Khasiani defended herself saying she sold changaa to feed her children and family since she is a single mother with no alternative avenue to generate income.

She pleaded with the court to give her a leaner fine because imprisonment would make her three children suffer as she is their sole bread winner.

Two other women were also fined KES 2 000 each or in default spend a month in jail for selling ‘chang’aa’ without a license.

Kangara and chang’aa are common brews in the western region.

Early thgis year, the county assembly passed a bill that seeks to legalise traditional brew to help the brewers transform their ventures into legal businesses and generate revenue for the county.

The bill is before the governor’s desk awaiting his assent.

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