GUILTY AS CHARGED

Hawker admits intent to steal luggage from supermarket

In his defence, accused says tough economic times had stifled his trade

In Summary
  • According to police report, Otieno was at Quickmart supermarket along Moi Avenue preparing to steal from customers who place their luggage at the supermarket.
  • As he was heading for the luggage station armed with his cards, members of the public got suspicious.
Kennedy Otieno at Milimani law courts on Tuesday
Kennedy Otieno at Milimani law courts on Tuesday
Image: CAROLYNE KUBWA

A hawker charged with preparing to steal luggage belonging to customers from a supermarket has pleaded guilty to the offence.

Kennedy Otieno, 27, appeared virtually before Milimani chief magistrate Martha Mutuku on Tuesday.

He admitted to being found with Naivas cards for Development House, Ronald Ngala, Quickmart supermarket card number 42 using masking tape.

The court heard he also had plain red card number 73, black mark pen and assorted waste papers in green carrier bag, the circumstances indicated that he carried such things with intent to commit a felony, namely preparation to commit a felony.

According to police report, Otieno was at Quickmart supermarket along Moi Avenue preparing to steal from customers who place their luggage at the supermarket.

As he was heading for the luggage station armed with his cards, members of the public got suspicious. They alerted other members of the public who started beating him up.

He escaped and surrendered to the police officers who were manning an adjacent building within town.

The officers saved him from the mob and arrested him. He was escorted to Central police station.

He admitted to the police being a thief and revealed that his strategy was to create cards of different supermarkets and steal their luggage. He said it was his only way of surviving as hawking was not bringing him money.

The magistrate directed that the case be mentioned on April 24 for sentencing. 

-Edited by Sarah Kanyara