The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Suspected Car Thief Charged in Court

A man bearing a Comoros passport and two other different passports was yesterday charged before a Mombasa court allegedly for stealing a motor vehicle worth Sh2 million from a car rental company.

Mitchell Avotra alias Soule Ben Hamiche was brought before Mombasa's principal magistrate S.K Gacheru and charged with the theft of a Toyota Rav4 belonging to Glory car hire. He denied the charge. He allegedly stole the vehicle on September 21 last year in Mombasa.

The suspect was arrested after a tip off by Enforcer Management, a car rental company that lost a Toyota Premio.

The suspect has a Comorian, Lesotho and a Malagasy passport.

The prosecutor asked for two days to establish the suspect's nationality.

number RAO80744 bearing the name Morana Keita Sempe, a Malagasy passport bearing the name Ando

Mitchell Avotra had a Comorian passport under the name Soule Ben Hamiche.

"We want to process his details and carry out further investigation to reveal his true nationality," said Alex Wesike, the prosecutor.

The source revealed the suspect is suspected of engaging in international frauds involving theft of motor vehicles.

"In April 18 this year he went to the enforcer car hire company pretending to be from Lesotho and hired a brand new premio KBR 227G. He disappeared with the car," said a source.

The source also indicated the suspect had been pretending to be working for different HIV/AIDS Research companies in the world

"He pretends to be a research executive from The Global fund in Comoros. He also claimed to work for the Aids consortium in Lesotho," he said.

The magistrate directed the accused to be remanded at Shimo La Tewa awaiting the mention of his case tomorrow.

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