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Man in court for stealing 20 heads of cattle valued at Sh1 million

A driver who allegedly stole 20 heads of cattle valued at Sh1 million at Shauri Moyo estate in Nairobi has been charged at the Makadara Law Courts with stock theft contrary to section 278 of the penal code.

Ishan Kuya Opakwa alias Cashman is accused of stealing the animals belonging to city herder Kellian Ole Yonko on April 22, 2023. He is accused of colluding with others at large in committing the offence.

Mr Yonko reported to the police on April 23, 2023 that 20 heads of cattle had been separated from his herd of 80 cattle while grazing within the area and were missing.

Police commenced investigations and established that the missing cattle had been loaded into a lorry at a government yard near Rikana Supermarket along Jogoo Road.

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Security guards manning the yard informed the complainant and the police that they had seen the animals being loaded into a lorry by Mr Opakwa and his accomplices but they were not aware that the cattle were being stolen.

One of the guards had interacted with Mr Opakwa during the incident and gotten his contact.

The lorry used to transport the animals was identified to the police by a witness and its driver contracted by the accused person helped the police to trace him and he was arrested. The animals were however not recovered.

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Mr Opakwa denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Eric Mutunga and was released on a bond of Sh400,000 and an alternative cash bail of Sh200,000.

The case will be mentioned on June 13, 2023 before hearing starts on September 18, 2023.

Mr Opakwa was arraigned barely two months after a herdsman was charged with stealing 10 cows valued at Sh600,000 from his employer, which he allegedly sold at Burma Market in Nairobi.

Mr Daniel Enaantoyie was charged alongside his accomplice Lazarus Mole with stealing the cows from his employer Jackson Ole Tukuo in Makongeni estate in Nairobi between March 6 and 7, 2023.

They denied the charges and were granted a bond of Sh80,000 with an alternative cash bail of a similar amount.

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