A magistrate in Thika has sentenced 38 people to three months in prison each for breaking COVID 19 rules. The incident happened on Monday, November 9. The suspects pleaded guilty to charges of flouting curfew orders among other COVID 19 rules on prevention. The Ministry of Health had directed a curfew in an attempt to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
In his ruling, Thika Resident Magistrate Oscar Wanyaga offered the convicts an alternative to each pay a fine of Ksh5,000. Police arrested them in different parts of Kiambu County. Moreover, for not wearing facemasks while others had contravened curfew hours.
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The judge pardoned a woman with a toddler, who was among the convicts, for the sake of the child. However, Wanyaga stated that if the woman commits another offense within six months, he would send her to prison.
“I am forgiving you because of your child but I am putting you on a suspended sentence. When you commit another offense within six months, you will be sent to prison,” stated Wanyaga.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) issued a clarification over suspects from Isiolo. Police had freed them without charges.
Reports had indicated that the ODPP had rejected charge sheets for 24 people arrested flouting Covid-19 containment protocol in Isiolo.
In a statement, the agency clarified that the charge sheets were not rejected. But, the agency took them back for amendment as it had not indicated the locations of arrest for the suspects.Follow us in social media: