20-year jail sentence for stealing safari boots

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Imagine being left for dead for any reason? Unthinkable right? Unfortunately this is the sad story of many criminal victims in Kenya who have been manhandled by persons who had no reason except evil ambitions to rob them off their sweat.

A justice quest has seen a laborer from Kibera, Nairobi going to spend 20 years in jail for stealing Sh2,500 safari boots and Sh400 cash from a boda-boda rider in 2016.

Justus Omondi was charged with attacking Mogere Machachi on February 19, 2016.

Kibera Law Courts.

The prosecution proved that Omondi attacked Machachi, beat his left eye with a pistol causing him injuries, and inserted dirty socks in his mouth, pushing it in using a sharp knife. Omondi then violently took off the Safari boots from his legs, his Sh400 and threatened to kill him.

A good Samaritan took him to Ushirika Medical clinic where he was referred to the Kenyatta National Hospital.

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Seven witnesses testified against the accused. Machachi had told a Kibera court that a binding wire was used to tie both his legs and hands. He said he was beaten and left for dead. The convict was in the company of another person

A doctor confirmed Machachi said Machachi suffered serious injuries on his left eye. 

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Omondi had denied wrongdoing. He said he only saw some young men point at him then a mob attacked him claiming he was “the thug”.

Omondi said AP officers came to his rescue and took him to the Kilimani police station. He said Machachi was his close friend and there was no way he could rob him. 

Yesterday, Kibera chief magistrate Joyce Gandani said that according to witness testimonies, Omondi committed the offence.

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