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Man fined KES 150 000 for cutting a tree, burning charcoal

19 December 2015, 09:57 Steve Njuguna

Nyahururu - A 68-year-old man who pleaded guilty to illegal possession of charcoal and cutting an indigenous tree was Friday fined KES 150 000 or alternatively serve 18 months in jail by a Nyahururu court.

Stephen Mwangi Kimani, who appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Ndege was charged that on December 17 this year at South Marmanet forest in Laikipia County, he cut down an indigenous tree worth KES 30 000 without a permit from the Director of Forestry.

He faced two other counts of being in possession of half a bag of charcoal and trespassing into the forest.

The court heard that on the material day, Kenya Forest Service officers were on their normal patrol within the forest when they found the accused in possession of half a bag of charcoal, having already cut down an indigenous tree.

Read Also: Two to serve six months in jail for burning charcoal without permit

The court further heard that on interrogation, the accused could not produce a permit from the Director of Forestry to engage in such activities.

He was arrested and taken to Nyahururu Police Station where he was charged with the offences.

 In mitigation, Kimani pleaded for leniency saying he was a widower and the sole breadwinner of his seven children.

He was given 14 days to appeal and had not raised the fine by the time of going to press.

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