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Security guard jailed for stealing mobile phone

A security guard who pleaded guilty to theft charges after he was charged with stealing a mobile phone at the premises he was guarding will pay a Sh50,000 fine.

In default, Patrick Muranda Wangatia will serve a one-year jail term.

He was handed the penalty by senior principal magistrate Esther Bhoke of Kibera law courts after he admitted to theft charges.

He was charged with stealing the mobile phone left under his care inside the guard at Sibiloi apartments in Parklands, Nairobi on July 14.

The phone belongs to a resident Bernard Ndung’u who had left it charging at the guardroom the previous night before Wangatia stole it.

The court heard that Wangatia quit his job after stealing the phone worth Sh 15,000 and disappeared until he was spotted by a former colleague in Westlands, Nairobi on July 22.