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Woman in court over chang'aa

16 May 2013, 14:30 Wangui Joseph

A middle aged woman astonished a Nyeri Magistrate court after she narrated that she must take chang’aa every evening in order to fall asleep.

Esther Wanjiku, a mother of two, appeared before Chief Magistrate Wilbrodah Juma on Thursday charged with possession of illicit brew at Chaka Trading Centre in Nyeri County on May 12.

Wanjiku told court that she works in a quarry which is a very hard task for her and therefore opts to take two litres of the brew due to fatigue.

However, the magistrate found her guilty, dismissed her claims and fined her KES 40 000 in default three months in jail.

The prosecutor, Catherine Wambua, told court that the accused was arrested during a liquor operation mounted by administration and regular police in the area.

The magistrate said illicit brew businesses are growing in the County and there is need to curb them to save the society.

She informed the accused that two litres of chang'aa were too much for her consumption and presumed that the commodity was meant for sale.

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