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Kenyan Man in UK jailed for 15 Years for Stealing Jewelry Worth £442,000

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A 38-year-old Kenyan-born man was on Friday handed a 15 and a half year extended prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to stealing jewelry worth £442,000 from a shop in North Yorkshire.

Victor Okumu, of Queen Street, Lazenby, Cleveland was sentenced to 10 and half years in prison plus five years extended license by York Crown Court Judge Sean Morris after he admitted robbing Bradley’s Jewelers in Northallerton.

The judge said the incident was a “planned, sophisticated, commercial robbery” which Okumu had planned for months.

“The people in the shop were terrified,” Judge Morris said, adding that Okumu was a “very dangerous” man who took whatever he wanted.

Okumu allegedly entered the jewelry shop on March 11th, 2019 wearing a blue boiler suit and crash helmet with the visor down. He had reportedly been planning the robbery for eight months.

Police said he wedged the door open and pushed a box into an attendant before jumping over the counter. Okumu then took jewelry from the window display and left.

Okumu spent the following days traveling between Middleborough, Northallerton, London, and Darlington trying to evade police.

Upon reviewing CCTV footage, police discovered the suspect carried out reconnaissance of the jewelry shop on previous days.

He was trailed and arrested at a hotel in Fareham, Hampshire on March 16th, 2019. He was found with rings from the jewelry shop worth £212,000.

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“This was a professionally executed and violent robbery which was a truly terrifying ordeal for both the staff members involved and the members of the public who were in close proximity to the jewelers as it took place,” said acting Detective Inspector Matthew Wilkinson of North Yorkshire Police.

“Okumu carried out extensive reconnaissance and careful planning in the period leading up to the day of the robbery and went to great lengths in the days after the incident to cover his tracks, thinking he was safe by hiding a significant distance away from the region.”

In 2009, Appeal court judges recommended that Okumu be deported to Kenya at the end of a 13-year sentence for robbing a woman in her own home.

Okumu, however, remained in the UK after his release on March 20th, 2014.

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DIASPORA HUSTLES: How a sofa I had taken from a dumpster in US earned me a date with a cop

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BY BOB MWITI

Life in America can be very humbling, especially when you are starting off.

After I graduated with my master’s degree here in America, I rented a studio apartment in one of the not-so-nice neighborhood in Philadelphia. During the day, I would help the caretaker with some cleaning of the common areas of the building and also in doing some repairs and paintwork. For that work, I would get something at the end of the week, enough to keep me going.

My studio abode was on the 5th floor of this old crammed building that sat next to a railway line. Down at the back side of the building lay the dumpster where all kind of “valuables” such as old TVs, music systems, mattresses, etc would be tossed…sometimes all the way from the top floor by the crazy residents.

During my cleaning duties, I would make sure that all of the mess around the dumpster was taken care of.

One day, during my usual duties, I found this unbelievably good used couch that I immediately thought would be a good addition to my studio which had nothing other than a mattress, no bed and only 2 pots and a plate!..My God of heaven & earth had answered my prayers!…and the Devil of poverty was on the cusp of defeat.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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It was a gigantic couch and I urgently needed some help to take it all the way up to the 5th floor. I awkwardly reached out to a resident I had made friends with, and we went on a mission to take it all the way up!…with a promise of getting him a case of budlight beer! The trip up to the 5th floor took an eternity….we were all soaked in sweat.

Now, this is why they say the devil is a liar!!!.😂😂😂…What I didn’t know was that after all the hard work of pushing it all the way up, the stupid thing would never fit into my little door to my studio….😭😭😭😭….Tried endlessly until the guy gave up and left . I had no choice but to leave the damn thing on the hall way!!!..Well, the next day the caretaker and a cop were knocking on my door seeking an explanation as to why I was blocking the hallway!

Such is the life most of us immigrants go through when we first come to America.It’s not easy but with time things surely improve.

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I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS and Robotics Process Automation.I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida,USA.

 

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VIDEO: Sky News “Identifies” Kenyan who fell from a plane as more questions linger

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On 30 June 2019, a man fell from the sky and landed in the back garden of a house in south London. No one knew who he was or why he took such a risk – until now.

After an exclusive investigation, Sky News believes it has identified the stowaway. However, questions still linger over what exactly happened to the body, which was described by one of the witnesses as “intact because it was frozen.”

The British Media House has spent the last few months trying to determine the identity of this individual – including speaking to his family and friends – and has come to the conclusion that  he is a 29-year-old who worked as an airport cleaner in Kenya.

His girlfriend said they had planned to start a family, but he made a decision that virtually guaranteed his demise.

Earlier, London police released an e-fit image of the stowaway in hunt for his identity, and also released pictures of a bag that was found in the compartment and its contents were also released.

“This has been a very sad incident to investigate. This man has a family somewhere, who need to know what happened to their loved one,” a British police officer said while releasing the images.

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“Our investigations has included liaison with the authorities in Kenya, from where the flight took off, but so far our efforts to identify this man have proved fruitless. I hope by releasing this e-fit someone known to the deceased will recognise him and make contact,” he added.

In the Sky News report, an employee of Colnet, a company that provides cleaning services at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, has identified the man as his workmate who went missing in June, Sky News reports.

Irene revealed that her colleague, Paul Manyasi, had gone missing at the end of June.

“We were at work in the morning…he suddenly disappeared. I called his phone it was off,” Irene, who was Manyasi’s girlfriend, told Sky News.

Manyasi lived in the sprawling Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum which is near the airport.

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VIDEO: Furious Bishop in US tells off Kenyans who go drinking alcohol at funerals

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A US-based Bishop is unhappy with some Kenyan immigrants whom he says are tarnishing the good name of the community. Bishop Dr GG Gitahi of  Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) in Marietta, Georgia, has chastized some of his compatriots for what he terms as “unacceptable habits.”

During his Sermon aptly titled “Let Us Choose,” last Sunday, Bishop Dr GG Gitahi “went after” those who carry alcohol to funerals homes and imbibe while the funeral service is going on and furiously said he wishes some of those people remained back in Kenya to “save us the embarrassment.”

“If you are one of those people, you are an embarrassment to the larger Kenyan community in the US,” he said.

Ni aibu kubwa mnatuletea hapa. Instead of people waiting to go and have their beer at home, wanaenda kwa funeral Homes na kutoa bia na kuanza kunywa. Halafu Director wa Funeral Home anasema Pastor, can’t your people have mannersTabia zingine tuache. Ndiyo sababu tunajiaibisha.”

You can watch the whole summon here courtesy of youtube/kacc:

 


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