Man jailed 7 years for stealing sheep worth GHC 143

Man jailed 7 years for stealing sheep worth GHC 143

- Wanjala stole a sheep worth KSh 3,000 from someone's flock

- He was identified by the people he sold the animal to and later arrested

- After receiving a three-year jail sentence, he appealed and was slapped with four more years in prison

A bitter convict moved to court to appeal his three-year sentence that was handed to him after stealing a neighbour’s sheep and selling it at the local market. Photo: Depositphotos Source: UGC

According to Citizen Digital, Wanjala pleaded guilty to stealing the sheep worth KSh 3, 000 but was not ready to spend three years of his life locked up in prison.

Man jailed 7 years for stealing sheep worth GHC 143

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He then moved to the Court of Appeal where Justice Ruth Sitati pointed out the minimum sentence he deserved for his transgression was seven years in the slammer.

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“Having gone through the record, I am satisfied that the plea of guilty entered by the learned trial magistrate was unequivocal,” the judge said.

Wanjala was apprehended after stealing the sheep in West Pokot County on March 16, 2018. The owner of the sheep, Richard Mwereng, noticed one of his animals was missing prompting him to go to the market and see whether it had been sold.

Just as he suspected, the distraught man confirmed his sheep had been sold by traders who claimed to be from Kitale.

On probing the issue further, Mwereng’s sources identified the man who sold them the animal and even agreed to go with him to identify the culprit.

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