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Meru Couple Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

by Musa Abdirahman

A court in Meru has sentenced a couple accused of trafficking drugs to life imprisonment.

While issuing the sentence on Wednesday September 30, 2021, Senior Principal Magistrate Thomas Muraguri said the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that the two were guilty.

The prosecution in the above case was being led by James Kinyua and Antony Musyoka.

The couple, James Muthiora and his wife Fridah Karimi were accused of peddling narcotics worth Kshs. 3.5 million.

They were accused alongside Timothy Kinoti Kariaci, Joseph Ekeno Ekeno and Jacob Githae Mukunyu.

They were arrested at the couple’s home during a raid by then DCIO James Githinji and then county commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga.

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On November 1, 2018, the four denied the three charges including trafficking 103kg of bhang worth Sh3,090,000 at Kooje Estate in North Imenti.

The couple was sentenced to life imprisonment for being in possession of utensils used in connection with the preparation of narcotic drugs contrary to Section 5 and Psychotropic Substances Control Act meaning the fine runs concurrently with the life sentence.

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Their co-accused escaped the sentence for what the court termed as lack of evidence.

The defence team has, however, vowed to make an appeal at the High Court.

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