By Lenox Sengre
A middle-aged man, who allegedly stole a vehicle belonging to NTV news anchor, Ken Mijungu, was on Wednesday morning freed on a Ksh500, 000 cash bail.
Barack Ochieng Aluoch allegedly conspired with other suspects, who were not present in court on Wednesday, to steal the journalist’s Toyota Prado VX valued at Ksh5.6 million.
The suspects reportedly made away with the car on June 13 at 9:40pm outside Nation Centre on Kimathi Street, Nairobi.
Ochieng was arrested on August 9, and arraigned on August 11. He, however, did not take plea, resulting in him being locked up until Wednesday, September 11, when he pleaded not guilty to motor vehicle theft, contrary to Section 278A of Kenya’s Penal Code.
If found guilty of the offence, Ochieng risks spending seven years in jail as stipulated in the Penal Code.
“If the thing stolen is a motor vehicle within the meaning of the Traffic Act (Cap. 403), the offender is liable to imprisonment for seven years,” says Section 278A of Kenya’s penal code.
Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi released the suspect on a bond of Ksh1 million, or a cash bail of Ksh500, 000.
Ken Mijungu and one George Obondo are lined up as witnesses in the case.