Man sentenced to six months imprisonment for stealing Sh12,000 tyre
A man who broke into a garage in Langata, Nairobi, and stole a motor vehicle tyre worth Sh12,000 will serve a six-month jail term if he fails to pay a fine of Sh20,000.
Lawrence Wetambila received the sentence from Senior Principal Magistrate Philip Mutua at the Kibera Law Courts after he pleaded guilty to theft charges.
Wetambila was charged with stealing the tyre contrary to Section 268 (1) as read with Section 275 of the penal code. He committed the offence at Park Gardens Garage in Langata sub-county Nairobi on September 5.
The court heard that a security guard in the neighbouring estate saw two men coming from the garage with one carrying a tyre. However, as they approached him, he switched on his torch and shone the light on them.
Wetambila attempted to run away but he was accosted by the security guard who detained him. His accomplice however ran away. When he was asked to identify himself, Wetambila started shouting while demanding to be released.
The commotion attracted other security guards in the neighbourhood who proceeded to the scene and helped subdue Wetambila and demanded to know where he had gotten the tyre. Wetambila eventually took them to the garage where he had stolen the tyre but he could not explain the circumstances under which he was in possession of the the tyre.
Security guards later called the officer in charge of Langata Police Station who ordered his officers to proceed to the scene where they arrested Wetambila. He was escorted to the station where the tyre was kept as an exhibit.
In court, Wetambila admitted the charges while pleading for leniency. He also claimed that he is a student but he did not disclose the learning institution where he studies. He has 14 days to appeal the sentence.