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Cell phone thief sentenced to death in Kenya

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Michael Odhiambo, the Kenyan man who blocked a motor vehicle using his motorcycle and robbed the occupants of mobile phones, cash and personal effects in Nairobi has been sentenced to hang after being found guilty of robbery with violence.

He was handed the death penalty by senior principal magistrate Philip Mutua of Kibera law courts after he was convicted for three counts of robbery with violence contrary to section 295 as read with section 296 (2) of the penal code.

He blocked their car claiming they had knocked down a bodaboda rider in a hit-and-run accident before terrorizing them while robbing them in broad daylight.

The convict had sought a lenient sentence claiming he is a family man with dependants but Mutua said the law provides for only one penalty – death sentence for the offence.

He was detained after police inquiries found that there was no hit and run accident reported anywhere in the area as he was claiming.

He was joined by others including Stanley Amos Misiko who was charged with the robbery but disappeared after he was released on bond.

They robbed the helpless occupants of the car threatening to use violence against them.

The court heard that after the robbery, Odhiambo returned to the four to ask for a gift for preventing them from being lynched. He accompanied them to Muthangari police station as they went to make a report.

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