Man who violently stole quarter kilo of meat sentenced to death

Tuesday March 15 2016

Erick Omondi, who was charged with a robbery

Erick Omondi, who was charged with a robbery with violence, listens as judgment is delivered at the Nyeri Law Courts on March 14, 2016. He was sentenced to hang while another man was also handed the same sentence for stealing a quarter kilo of meat, among other items. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A Nyeri court Monday sentenced two men to death for robbery with violence.

One of them, Robert Gathogo Ngunjiri had been charged with stealing a quarter kilogramme of meat and other items.

Ngunjiri was found guilty of robbery with violence by Nyeri Principal Magistrate Christine Wekesa while Erick Omondi Opiyo was convicted by Chief Magistrate John Onyiego.

Besides the meat, Ngunjiri also stole body lotion, Vaseline and electronic goods from Mr Samuel Baya on December 31, 2013.

Witnesses said he was among 10 youths who beat up and robbed Mr Baya.

Opiyo on the other hand violently stole clothes, a thermos flask and six pairs of shoes.

He also stole a home theatre system, a DVD player and an iron box, all valued at Sh118,000 from Ms Dorcas Nderitu.


Opiyo had been charged alongside five other people who were acquitted.

At the time of the robbery, he and the other five are alleged to have killed Ms Nderitu’s brother Daniel Njora Nderitu.

Ms Nderitu told the court that she and her brother were at home at around 9pm when armed robbers broke in.

They tied up her brother in a chair and assaulted him.

She said her brother recognised the robbers and called three of them by name, pleading with them not to kill him.

She said they killed him with axes and pangas and left with their loot.

Sentencing Opiyo, Mr Onyiego said the prosecution had failed to prove its case against the other five people said to be members of the gang.