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Teenager to spend 3 years in jail for snatching a tourist's camera

05 January 2016, 14:09 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A Mombasa court has sentenced a teenager to 3 years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to stealing a canon camera, phone and money from a Chinese Tourist in Old Town area.

Swaleh Arafat pleaded guilty to the offence before senior resident magistrate Richard Odenyo.

It was alleged that on January 3, 2016 at Fort Jesus area within Mombasa County, Arafat stole a canon camera, and a smartphone valued at USD 1 000 from Li Ying who was touring the area.

“The accused is hereby sentenced to serve three years imprisonment on his own plea of guilty with no fine. He however has 14 days to appeal the decision,” said Odenyo.

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The accused pleaded with the court to show him leniency, saying he was still in school and that was his first time offence.

“I pray this court to forgive me; I will not steal again from anyone. I also request the court to grant me cash bail because am still in school,” said Arafat.

The state prosecutor Eugene Wangila informed the court that the complainant had visited the country on December 31, 2015 and while visiting the Fort Jesus on January 3, 2016 at the shores of the Indian Ocean the accused allegedly snatched her bag which contained the said items.

“The suspect was arrested by members of the public after an alarm was raised by the tourist,” said Waithaika.

He further informed the court that the arrested officer had made an application to have the case heard as urgent after the tourist informed him she was to terminate her stay in Kenya following the incident and fly back to China.

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