Godfrey Ouma Omondi had been convicted of burglary and assault

A man accused of stealing chicken has handed himself one more year in jail after the judge ruled that the initial sentence was lenient.

Godfrey Ouma Omondi had been convicted of burglary and assault, and sentenced to serve three years in prison in count one and two years in count two.

He appealed, claiming that his mitigation was not considered, and that the sentence was harsh.

Omondo had been accused of breaking into a house belonging to Ernest Opata Odongo where he stole chicken valued at Sh4,000. He later assaulted the complainant.

But in the ruling that was delivered at High Court in Busia, it was ruled that the appellant was initially given very lenient sentence by the lower court.

“The appellant ought to have been sentenced on each limb. I therefore set aside the earlier judgement and sentence him to serve three years imprisonment on each count. The sentences will run concurrently,” partly reads the judgment.

 “I have no reason to disturb the sentence meted out by the learned trial magistrate except as I have herein above stated,” the judge ruled.

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