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Thursday, 21 Jul 2016 20:33 EATmkwamboka@kenyafreepress.com
A Nanyuki court has sentenced a police officer to eight years in jail for lending his firearm to robbers. Paul Wachira Nderitu, a police driver who was attached to Umande police station, was found to have given out his official firearm to a robber who was shot dead in a shootout with police on August 2012.
The court heard that the chief inspector in that area had been tipped off that there were people planning a robbery at a bar in Nanyuki, and dispatched police officers to the area leading to the death of the robber after a confrontation.
Other suspects managed to escape and after investigations the pistol was found to be from Umande police station and had been assigned to the accused, as he could not be traced on that same night until after a week when he presented himself to Nanyuki police station where he was arrested.
Nderitu was then charged with the offence of disposing his pistol which was used for criminal activity and he also faced a separate charge of unlawfully giving five rounds of ammunition to the robber who was later killed.
Nderitu denied the allegations as he was arraigned in court in his defence, where he told Senior Resident magistrate Evanson Ngigi that the pistol got lost while he was in his car with some passengers.
He could not explain why he never reported the disappearance of the pistol and why he went underground after the attempted robbery.
The magistrate duly sentenced him to eight years in jail for each count, which will run concurrently.
The writer is a journalism student at Moi University currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press, specializing in health, crime and society issues.