Police officer gets 16 years for giving firearm to robbery suspect
19 July 2016, 13:18
Nanyuki - A Nanyuki court has sentenced a police officer to 16 years in jail for unlawful disposal of his firearm which was used in crime.
Paul Wachira was charged for giving his pistol to Sammy Muringi who was allegedly killed in a shootout during a robbery incident in Nanyuki town on August 22, 2012.
The accused, who was sentenced by Senior Resident Magistrate Evanson Ngigi, was a police driver attached to Umande police station in Laikipia County.
It is alleged that on that day at around 7.30pm, OCS Nanyuki police station Joash Nyachiro was tipped that there were people planning to rob a bar in the town.
He dispatched police officers to the scene and on arriving, a shootout started leading to the death of Muringi who had confronted the officers with the pistol.
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Other suspects managed to escape and after investigations the pistol was found to be from Umande police station and had been assigned to the accused.
The same night the accused could not be traced until after a week when he presented himself to Nanyuki police station where he was arrested.
After investigations he was charged with the offence of disposing of his pistol which was used in a crime.
He was also charged with unlawfully giving five rounds of ammunition to the deceased.
However, in defence the accused claimed that the pistol got lost while he was in his car with some passengers.
He could not however explain why he never reported the disappearance of the pistol and why after the attempted robbery he went underground.
The court hence sentenced him to eight years for each count which will run concurrently for they occurred simultaneously.
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