Charred boxes lined up in court as school arson suspects face trial
04 August 2016, 14:00
Nyeri - Six secondary school students have been arraigned in a Nyeri court facing charges of arson and attempting to burn school property.
The first four boys are from Gachika Secondary School in Kiganjo, Nyeri town sub-county.
They were charged that on July 31 this year, jointly with others not before court, willfully and unlawfully burnt down 51 double decker beds, 110 mattresses and other students’ items all valued at KES 600,000.
They however denied the charges while appearing before Principal Magistrate Phillip Wambua.
One of the students prayed for leniency saying he was son of a single mother.
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The case investigating officer told the court that another student arrested alongside the suspects had declined to appear in court after he was released on a police bond of KES 4,000.
The court asked police to arrest and arraign him.
In the same court, two boys from Karundas secondary school in Kieni East sub-county were charged with attempted arson.
According to the charge sheet, they unlawfully attempted to set the school store ablaze on August 2, 2016.
The court ordered that the suspects, all aged 16-years old, be remanded at Nyeri Juvenile station while the cases were slated to resume on August 8, 2016.
The magistrate also ordered the probation officer to file a pre-bail report about the students.
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