Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kuria man jailed for 7 years for stealing five cows

By Burning Splint Writer
A Trans Mara man has been jailed for seven years after a court found him guilty of stealing five cows worthSh150,000.

The accused, Stephen Chacha is said to have stolen the cows belonging to Samuel Murget at Ngoperai area of Trans Mara on August 18 last year.

Appearing before the Kilgoris Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochieng’ the complainant told the court that on the fateful day he discovered his cows were missing while driving his heard home in the evening after grazing them.

He added that he immediately informed his neighbours who searched the animals to no avail before reporting the matter to the area chief who reported the matter in the neighbouring Kuria East district where the animals were spotted.

“We were informed by the area chief that the cows have been spotted at the accused home after which we went there and confirmed it,” Murget told the court.

But in mitigation the accused said he found the cows wondering in the grazing field without a herder and took them home for safety saying he “only took the cows to my home because they did not appear to have an owner.”

But in his ruling the magistrate found the accused guilty as charged saying since cattle rustling was rampant in the area causing conflict the sentence will “serve as a lesson to others with similar motives.

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