A man who was caught attempting to sneak in petrol into Kaharo Girls High School in Murang’a County has been fined Kshs. 50,000 in default serve an imprisonment sentence of one year.
Victor Erastus Karanja, who was working as a mason in the school, was also charged with being in possession of a 750-milliliter bottle of liquor suspected to have been intended for delivery to students.
Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Hon. Kibet Sambu at Kigumo courthouse, the accused pleaded for a lighter sentence on own admission of guilt.
The charge was that on the material date, he was found in possession of a five-litre Jerry Can full of petrol, as well as a liquor drink at Kaharo shopping centre. Upon interrogation, he confessed that he had been sent by some students.
The Magistrate noted that even though there was no contact between the suspect and the learners, and that the exhibits were not connected to an actual crime, his own admission of intending to facilitate access of the same to minors was enough evidence of intent to commit a crime.
This came as a fire broke out at Kahuhia Girls National School on Tuesday evening. No one was injured.
Firefighters from Murang’a County managed to respond in good time and minimize damage that left one dormitory destroyed.