Convicted chicken thief jailed for 14 days
A 21-year-old man who stole Sh300 piece of chicken meat in Chokaa location in Njiru sub-county within Nairobi County will serve a 14 days jail term if he fails to pay a fine of Sh1000.
Mr Martin Mwai was handed the penalty by Resident Magistrate Mercy Thibaru of the Makadara Law Courts after he pleaded guilty to charges of stealing contrary to section 268 (1) as read with section 275 of the penal code.
Mr Mwai admitted that he stole the chicken belonging to his employer – Quality Meat Packers on November 16, 2022.
The proprietor of the quality meat packers, Solomon Munyaka, received information from a guard that Mr Mwai had been intercepted leaving the company with one kilo of chicken meat hidden in his trousers.
The suspect was escorted to Mawe Mbili Police Post with the meat. The meat was photographed and handed back to Mr Munyaka while Mr Mwai was placed in custody before he was released on bail of Sh5000.
The picture of the meat was availed in court as exhibit. In mitigation, Mr Mwai told the court that he stole because he was hungry. He pleaded for leniency.
But the magistrate reprimanded the convict for his actions. “Imagine going to jail because of Sh300,” the magistrate said while delivering the sentence.