Three charged with theft of bibles

Reuben Rogoi Maina, John Mapesa and Josphat Gatheru in the dock at a Milimani Court where they were charged with obtaining bibles valued at Sh920, 000 from Faith Mawia. [George Njunge/Standard]
Three taxi drivers have been arraigned at a Milimani court and charged with obtaining assorted bibles.

The three, Reuben Rogoi, John Mapesa and Josphat Gatheru were charged that on May 16 at Bible translation and literacy in Upper hill, Nairobi and with intent to defraud, obtained from Faith Mawia Mulunnga 300 pieces of New king James bibles, 200 copies of Good News bible and 300 copies of New International version bibles all valued at Sh920,000.

The charge sheet read that the three obtained the bibles after pretending that a cheque of Sh920,000 from Cooperative bank Maasai Mall branch which the three had produced and delivered to Mawia was good and valid for the payment of the same.

They faced an alternative count of preparation to commit a felony.

It was alleged that on the same date and place, had in their possession a motor vehicle registration number KCH 596 A, a Toyota Fielder, red in colour for use in the course of the theft of the bibles .

They denied all the counts and the prosecution did not object to their release on bond and bail. Through their lawyer, the three applied for charge sheet and all documentary evidence that the prosecution would rely on in the matter.

“Your honour, my clients are taxi drivers who operate along Moi Avenue, people of very humble means,” the lawyer argued.

He added that the three are not a flight risk as their residence is known. “Your honour, I submit that my clients are sole bread winners of their respective families as such we apply for very lenient bond and bail terms,” he added.

The lawyers bid to have the car in question released was however rejected by the court as he was directed to make that application in the trial court.

Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi released the three on a Sh500,000 bond with an alternative of Sh200,000 cash bail.

The hearing was set for July 1.

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