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Three Kwale secondary school students in court for attempted arson 

Three Piet Girls Academy students were arraigned in a Kwale magistrate court for attempting to burn down their school hostel while in possession of flammable substances.

 

The three form two students who appeared before senior principal magistrate Christine Auka Monday denied the charges leveled against them.

 

The court heard that the accused were caught with a jerrican containing diesel and were planning to set fire to a dormitory namely Tumaini house, the property of Piet Girls Academy.

 

They were nabbed by the school matron last week following unrest at the school located in Matuga sub-location of Kwale County.

 

An assessment was carried out to determine the suspects ages under a court order.

 

Lawyer Kisiwa Koja, acting for the accused students pleaded with the court to release them on bail.

 

He also objected to a plea by the prosecution to have the students to be remanded in custody claiming that they were minors.

 

Kigira Millicent the prosecutor objected and said that one was over 18 years  while two  are minors.

 

She also added that the first accused should be remanded in the Kwale women’s prison since she was 20 years and the second and third accused person should be remanded at Likoni children’s home.

 

They were released on a Sh.100, 000 bonds each and a surety of similar amount or alternative cash bail of Sh.60, 000 each.

 

“In default, the second and third accused would be remanded at Likoni children’s home and the first accused in the women’s prison,” ruled the magistrate.

 

Their case will be mentioned in July 23 and heard on November 7 this year.

 

By Jessicah Muthoni and Hussein Abdullahi

 

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