The Star (Nairobi)

21 November 2012

Kenya: Two Charged Over Sh10 Million Total Kenya Oil Loss

TWO men were arraigned yesterday before a Mombasa court for allegedly stealing oil products worth Sh10 million belonging to Total Kenya company.

Paul Ndiritu and Peter Njoroge were jointly charged with stealing the assorted oil products that were in a container destined to Kigali, Rwanda.

The court heard that on October 2, the accused stole 80 drums and 896 cartons of engine lubricants valued at Sh10,597,389. The two denied one count of stealing the goods from the Mitchel Cotts godown in Kibarani on the Makupa Causeway.

They denied a second count of handling stolen items. Prosecutor Simon Waithaka asked the court to remand the two at the port police station, as police investigated the theft.

"Police believe the two have information that might lead to the recovery of the items," said Waithaka in his application. The two were released on a Sh500,000 cash bail each.

The case will be mentioned on November 22. At the same time, a 40 year old man was yesterday sentenced to two years imprisonment at Kingorani prison for stealing a hook chain worth Sh12,000.

Emmanuel Ngowa Saro, a casual laborer was convicted for stealing a ratchet boomer, a type of chain used to secure loads on trailers, belonging to Transpares limited on November 9.

A government probation report of the accused presented before principle magistrate Richard Odenyo indicated he had been convicted severally before the Mombasa courts.

The report also indicated that Ngowa, a former alumnus of Alliance Boys high school, had been out of prison for only a month before he was charged again in court.

The report read thus in part, "The accused schooled at Alliance boys high in 1992 where he got a mean grade of C. He is married to two wives and has six children."

"Though he is repentant the accused a long history of criminal convictions...We recommend a custodial sentence." In his mitigation Ngowa told the court he was sorry for his deeds and asked the court to forgive him since he was the sole provider of the family. The magistrate in his ruling noted that the accused was a repeat offender and directed that he be incarcerated at the Kingorani prison.

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