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Kitale prosecutor jailed 2 years for soliciting Sh60,000 bribe

Friday May 31 2019

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Eldoret Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa gave Mr James Naburuk Sichangi the option of paying a fine of Sh200,000 for two counts in the case. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A Kitale court prosecutor was on Friday sentenced to two years in jail after he was found guilty of soliciting and receiving a bribe.

Eldoret Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa gave Mr James Naburuk Sichangi the option of paying a fine of Sh200,000 for two counts in the case.

Mr Obulutsa explained that although the accused was a first-time offender, his actions exposed the National Police Service and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution to public ridicule and contempt.

CHARGE SHEET

The charge sheet states that the accused, while working as a prosecutor at the Kitale Law Courts, solicited for a bribe of Sh60,000 from one Ms Joyce Wanjiku.

He allegedly committee the offence on November 13, 2014, the bribe aimed at keeping him from objecting to a bail application by Ms Wanjiku’s employee Fred Wabuoba.

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The second count stated that Mr Sichangi concealed Sh30,000 which was to be used as evidence in the corruption case.

THE ARREST

The accused was initially charged with five counts of corruption by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The complainant reported the matter at the EACC's office in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County and was given a recorder and Sh60,000 marked money, which was given to the accused as the bribe.

The charge sheet noted the existence of an audio recording of Mr Sichangi asking for the money. Detectives from the anti-graft agency apprehended him immediately after he received it at the court premises.

The court found that three of the counts were not proven beyond reasonable doubt.

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