Two men get 3 years for stealing 96 school tablets worth Sh3.5m

Two men have been handed a three year jail term for stealing 96 tablets and laptops all worth Shs.3.5 million belonging to Mwena Primary School in Kwale County.

Ramadhan Rai and Salim Kassim were among four people among them a woman arraigned in court in connection with the theft of the devices provided by the government under the Digital Literacy Program (DLP).

They two were convicted on Friday after they pleaded guilty to the charge before the Kwale Senior Resident Magistrate (SRM), Ms. Betty Koech.

Two other suspects, a Mombasa businessman, Mohamed Kamshui and the woman, Luvuno Ndegwa denied charges of being in possession of the stolen DLP devices and were each released on a Shs.500, 000 bond and a surety of a similar amount.

I hereby sentence the two of you to three years in prison for admitting to have committed the felony, said Ms. Koech.

The State Counsel, Ms. Cecilia Wakoli told the court the two together with others not before the court broke into the ICT lab of the school and made away with 77 digital devices together with 18 laptops on May 8, this year.

The devices which were produced in court as exhibits were recovered after police raided the suspects’ homes in Kwale and Mombasa Counties, according to Ms. Wakoli.

Police recovered 17 laptops from Kassim’s residence while 32 tablets and a digital camera were found in Ndegwa’s home in LungaLunga Sub-county.

Four laptops and two tablets and were recovered from a shop allegedly belonging to Kamshui in Kibokoni area, Mombasa.

Rai and Kassim appealed to the court to pardon them, saying they were first offenders.

The case of the businessman and his co-accused will be heard on July 4.

Source: Kenya News Agency