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Class 8 pupil charged with stealing a vehicle in Kajiado

A  standard  eight pupil was  on Wednesday arraigned before a Kajiado Court and charged with stealing a vehicle at Milimani  estate  in Kitengela  on Monday.

Appearing  before Kajiado Magistrate, Becky  Cheloti, the court heard that the accused who is an orphan jointly with others  not  before court, stole the vehicle a Toyota Premio registration number KCL 532B valued at Sh 1.6 million from  Jackline  Gitonga on June 17,2019 at her residence.

The 14 year old who is due to sit his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Exams this year was also charged with
stealing Sh.31, 000 which was inside the vehicle.

According  to the police statement and CCTV footage from Gitonga’s home, on Monday afternoon the boy walked toward the gate  of the complainant while speaking on phone before getting into the car and driving it away.

The   CCTV  camera  footage  at  Kitengela  Mall further shows the boy driving in the car and parking it at the basement  parking  overnight.

On  Tuesday  afternoon, the boy is seen returning to the mall to pick the car only for him to be arrested by the watchmen as  he tries to sign in at the gate to gain access to the basement parking lot to retrieve the car.

In a candid interview with KNA, the teen says that he had been directed to pick the car by one of his adult friends
identified only as Ochieng.

“While  picking the car at first, I knew that it belonged to Ochieng since it is him who was giving me directions to where  the car was parked over the phone and gave me all the instructions on where to take it on that Monday afternoon, as well  as the Tuesday afternoon. He wanted me to take the car to his home,” he said.

His  elder, sister who sought anonymity said the boy was a close friend of Ochieng as they live in the same neighborhood but  he has never thought that Ochieng could lure him to undertake such a risky venture.

“At times, he comes home and tells us that he has been with Ochieng all day long. Actually  Ochieng  among many other  school going children in the neighborhood, taught him how to drive a car at a charge of Sh.50 but  we never knew  that he  was training them to use them to steal other people’s vehicles,” she told KNA outside the court precincts.

Furthermore, the  sister who takes care of the boy read malice into the matter questioning why the police have not
arrested Ochieng up to the time of going to press yet he is the main suspect and the boy has incriminated him as having  directed all his moves over the phone.

“How possible is it for a 14 year old to have the courage to steal someone’s vehicle. There must be a hand of an adult and  my brother told the police everything and actually we visited the home of Ochieng with the police but the lights were off  at their home, therefore the police opted to go back to the station, saying that they could not find him,” she posed.

The  sister called on the County Police bosses to intervene and ensure that the main suspect, Ochieng is arrested as  well.

The  accused denied the charge and was released on a Sh. 100,000 cash bail or a bond of Sh. 200,000.The case will  be  mentioned on July 3, 2019 and hearing will commence on September 12, 2019.

By  Rop  Janet/ Albert Lemomo

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