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Man handed 2-year jail term for stealing SGR metal pole

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By Wanja Waweru

For stealing a metallic pole from the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) that was worth Ksh30,000, a man was given a two-year prison sentence.

Ali Badi Chumvi, also known as Swaleh Hussein, was found guilty after entering a guilty plea in front of Mombasa High Court Judge Mutuku.

Additionally, he admitted to having served an eight-month prison sentence earlier for stealing and vandalizing an SGR line.

“A Mombasa court jailed a man for 2 years for stealing an SGR metallic pole worth Sh30k. Ali Badi Chumvi alias Swaleh Hussein pleaded guilty & confessed to have been previously jailed for 8 months for vandalising & stealing SGR line,” a statement by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) reads in parts.

Justice Mutuku stated throughout his decision-making process that the accused’s acts posed a danger to the SGR’s safety and that he did not feel regret.

On the other hand, Boniface Ngonda, Chumvi’s co-accused, entered a not guilty plea and was freed on a Ksh200,000 bond with one surety or Ksh100,000 cash bail.

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