A suspect accused of being a Drug peddler at the Maasai Mara University College last Tuesday denied the charges before a Narok Magistrate’s court claiming that the exhibits tying him to the case were foreign.
In her defense before the Chief Magistrate, Wilbroda Juma on Tuesday, Faith Wangui Wanjiru maintained that the bag containing cannabis sativa worth Sh2, 000 produced as evidence during the trial did not belong to her.
Wangui was charged that on June 15, 2018 at around 2 pm in Manyatta area, Narok North Sub County, she was found in illegal possession of bhang, which is an illegal narcotic drug in the country.
A witness, Corporal Simon Njoroge who was previously attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Unit in Narok had earlier told the court that he had been led to the house by two Maasai Mara university students, Richard Omondi and Elizabeth Akinyi who had been arrested baking cookies laced with bhang and selling to fellow students.
On that particular day, police led by the Narok Criminal Investigation Officer (CIO) Mr. Zachary Kariuki had started an operation in the area following information from the members of public and the University security team that some students were selling cookies laced with bhang and the two students were arrested and upon interrogation at the site, they led the police to Wangui’s house alleging it belonged to their bhang suppliers.
However, Wangui denied those claims, saying that while the police conducted search in her house, she was at her shop which is far from the house and the only people present at the house, were her two young children who were then in class five and one. She said there is no way to prove the bhang belonged to her.
She now remains out on bond of Sh100, 000 with one surety of similar amount, until December 5th this year when the court will deliver judgment on the matter.
By Mabel Keya – Shikuku/Joseph Kariuki