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Students who burnt school, put on probation

Four  students who torched a dormitory alongside other properties at Kiaguthu Boys Secondary School  seven years ago have been sentenced to serve two years on probation.

The  Murang’a Resident Magistrate (RM), Violet Ochanda  sentenced Edwin Mwangi, Reagan Muiruri, Roy Munene and Steve  Muriithi after finding them guilty of destroying property worth Sh.8.8 million belonging to the school in 2012.

They  were remanded at Murang’a GK Prisons a week ago, after the prosecution closed its case as the court sought for a probation report before the judgement.

The court sentenced them to serve two years on probation, after the probation recommended them suitable for a non-custodial sentence that would allow them complete their college studies.

“The  court relied on probation reports and the accused are warned that if they defy in complying with rules set on

probation they will be thrown in prison,” said the magistrate in her ruling.

Six other co-accused  were  acquitted for lack of evidence linking them with the destruction of the institutions property during the students’ unrest.

The  accused were charged that on January 28, 2012 at Kiaguthu Boys School jointly with others who were not before the court, they set fire on a dormitory and a library where properties that included text books, assorted furniture, and a motor cycle all value Sh.8.8 million got burnt.

By  Hilda Wambui/Judith Thuo

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