Man in court for stealing swimming costumes

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On Wed, 2 Feb, 2022 08:02 | < 1 min read
Dennis Musyoka, the man accused of stealing swimming costumes. PHOTO/LILIAN SOI

A Makadara court on Tuesday, February 1 directed that a tout who was caught by a night guard stealing swimming costumes be remanded pending sentence report.

While delivering the judgment, Senior Resident Magistrate M. Kivuka stated that the accused person, Denis Musyoka had been proven guilty by the prosecution beyond a reasonable doubt.

Musyoka, according to court records, broke into a building and stole assorted attires worth Ksh100,000 belonging to Beatrice Onyango and others not before the court on January 14, 2019, at an unknown time within Donholm estate in Nairobi County.

The accused was also charged with the offence of retaining stolen property worth Ksh7000 for his benefit.

“You dishonestly undertook the retention of 10 pieces of assorted swimming costumes for your benefits having known that they were stored property belonging to Onyango,” the magistrate said.

During the trials, the guard who was on duty the day of the incident told the court that he had left the premises briefly but on coming back, he saw Musyoka coming out of a container he had broken into from the rear side.

The guard said that at the time, the accused was carrying a torch and a gurney bag.

On inspection, the guard found swimming attires inside Musyoka's bag.

Musyoka, however, pleaded not guilty arguing that the costumes had been planted inside his bag after his arrest.

In his mitigation, he insisted that he was innocent noting that he is not a thief and he depends on scrap metals and plastic collection for a living.

According to him, his accusers had fixed him for the crime he never committed.

The magistrate ordered for a probation report to be done and tabbed in court on February 17, 2022, before sentencing.