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Inmate pardoned by Uhuru back in custody after ‘stealing’ neighbour’s sheep

A jail bird set free from Nyeri Main Prison, King’ong’o after being pardoned by President Uhuru Kenyatta is back in police custody barely three days later for stealing a neighbour’s sheep.

George Kimani was arrested on Sunday in his Iria-ini home in Othaya for stealing the sheep and was also found in possession of ten rolls of bhang.

The animal had gone missing from the neighbour’s compound earlier prompting a search in all compounds.

The suspect had allegedly hidden the sheep in his bathroom as he searched for a potential customer.

Police were called to the home where they found the sheep and bhang in Mr Kimani’s possession.

He was released from King’ong’o Prison on Friday where he had been serving a one-year jail term for being in possession of bhang.

He was among 7,000 inmates that were pardoned by President Kenyatta on Mashujaa Day.

He was taken to Othaya Police Station waiting to be charged in court for stealing and being in possession of narcotics.

Nyeri South Divisional Police Commander Joseph Mwika confirmed the incident, saying that the man was lucky not to be lynched by area residents.

“Some of these people never learn. But we will continue to monitor their behavior outside prison,” said the OCPD.