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July 18, 2018

Polytechnic student gets life term for robbery with violence

Nyeri National Polyechnic. A student of the institution was sentenced to death for robbery with violence / JOSEPH KANYI
Nyeri National Polyechnic. A student of the institution was sentenced to death for robbery with violence / JOSEPH KANYI

A Nyeri  National Polytechnic student on Tuesday was sentenced to death for robbery with violence.

Gathogo Mwaniki was found guilty of robbing two people of Sh520 and two mobile phones worth Sh15,000 in Nyeri town.

Nyeri senior resident magistrate Ruth Kefa condemned Mwaniki to death. Death sentences are not carried out.

Mwaniki was convicted of being armed with a knife as he robbed fellow student Muriithi Kagai of Sh500 and a mobile phone worth Sh9,000 on January 10 last year. He was accused with others not in court.

He also was convicted of robbing a pedestrian, Gitahi Kirugumi, of Sh20 and a mobile phone worth Sh8,020 on the same date.

Mwaniki pleaded with the court to release him so he can continue with his education. 

The prosecution said Mwaniki committed the crimes with four accomplices. They attacked the complainants, who were on their way home, around 11pm.

Mwaniki was positively identified by the complainants.

He was also later found with the stolen items when police arrested him at a bar near Majengo slums, where he was enjoying the stolen cash.

Kirugumi narrated to court how Mwaniki forcibly removed his phone from his pocket while the other men held a knife to his stomach. They ordered him comply and surrender the phone or they would kill him.

The complainants said they could clearly identify the robbers because the streets were lighted.

The magistrate ruled that the accused and his accomplices used violence.

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