Kenya: 2 Who Picked Weed for Rabbits From Private Farm Charged With Theft

Two women accused of trespassing into private land and stealing black jack weed to feed their rabbits have been sentenced to two months non-custodial jail term by a court in Embu.

The two, Faith Muthoni and Purity Wambogo, were sentenced after they pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday afternoon.

They admitted that on June 29 in Kathangari village in Embu County, they trespassed on France Line farm and picked the weed without permission from the owner.

Senior Resident Magistrate Tonny Kwambai said the two were spotted by the farm manager, Robert Musyoki, who reported them to Manyatta Police Station.

LOCKED UP

It was then that the police proceeded to the farm and arrested the women before locking them up for questioning. Later the women were charged with two offences.

In defence, the two said that they had no bad intentions, adding that they just went to the farm to pick the weed to feed their hungry rabbits.

They told the court that they were remorseful and asked the magistrate to be lenient on them when delivering the ruling.

"We did not know it was wrong to go to the farm and collect the weed. We are sorry and seek for forgiveness," Ms Muthoni said.

In his ruling, the magistrate stressed that he had considered what the women had said in mitigation and ordered them to serve a non- custodial sentence.

But he warned them against involving themselves in any other crime while serving the sentence.

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