Suspected burglar pleads guilty to housebreaking and theft charges
A man who was arrested after breaking into a house in Lunga Lunga slums in Nairobi where he stole two mobile phones and household items all valued at Sh30,700 has pleaded guilty to charges of housebreaking and theft.
Mr Collins Wakochwa admitted to breaking into and stealing from Mr Mokua Momanyi’s house contrary to section 304 (1) (b) of the penal code as read with section 279 (b) of the criminal procedure code.
He admitted the charges before Senior Resident Magistrate Mercy Malingu of the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi.
During the incident that happened on on January 18, 2023, the accused stole a plastic bucket, an electric jug, a wifi router, three sufurias and two mobile phones among other items. Mr Wakochwa is reported to have stuffed the stolen items into the bucket.
The court heard that Mokua’s neighbour met Mr Wakochwa leaving the house with the items and raised an alarm. Young men who were nearby pursued and got hold of Mr Wakochwa with the items.
Mr Mokua, who had safely locked his house before leaving for work, was called and informed of the incident. He confirmed that the house had been broken into.
Members of the public escorted Mr Wakochwa to Lunga Lunga Police Station where he was arrested by the police and placed in custody.
Mr Mokua and other witnesses recorded their statements and investigations were concluded. Mr Wakochwa admitted the facts of the case. He will be sentenced after the items he stole are presented in court as exhibits.