5 June 2012

Kenya: Bhang Smoker Gets Two Years

A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to two years imprisonment by a Nanyuki court after he admitted to smoking bhang.

Kennedy karanja admitted to have been found with five and a half kilogrammes of the drug at a Nanyuki estate. Before Senior Resiodent Magistrate Caroline Obara, Karanja pleaded guilty to the charge, saying he uses the drug to relax.

He was charged that on 3/6/2012 at Majengo estate, was found being in possession of the drugs with a street value of Kshs 1,200. The court prosecutor told the court that police officers in patrol met the accused smoking bhang and on conducting search found him with other rolls. The shopkeeper told the court that he has smoked bhang for several years, and when he was convicted, he thanked the court.

And in the same court two men were charged with being found with army uniforms and ammunitions illegally. Justus Mwirigi and Reuben Ndegwa faced two counts of being found with the public stores, charges they pleaded not guilty to. The court heard that on 4/6/2012 at Ichuga village in Laikipia County, without reasonable excuse had in their possession seven rounds of ammunition ball caliber 7.62 special, in circumstances which raised reasonable presumption that the said ammunition was intended to be used in a manner prejudicial to the public.

Ndegwa was also separartely charged with being in possession of one jungle trouser, one jungle cap and one jungle hut, the property of a disciplined force namely Kenya Army. The prosecutor told the court that only one witness has recorded statement and that investigations are not over. He added that police have information that the accused have been involved in a series of cases involving murder, offences that were committed on January this year. They were remanded at Nanyuki police station until 15/6/2012 when the case will be mentioned.

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