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Kenyan Judge pardons couple for stealing Wheat flour and raises funds for them in Court

A Kenyan judge, Vincent Adet has gone viral for raising money in court for couple who were arrested for stealing wheat flour.

The couple, Saumu Ali and Evans Odhiambo, a casual worker and scrap metal dealer respectively were arrested on April 13 on an accusation of stealing wheat flour from Grain industry Limited, Shimanzi area in Mvita. The stolen item was said to be worth Ksh 1980.

They pleaded guilty to theft though they had explained that they committed the act because their children were quite hungry for some days leading to the option of stealing food to cushion their hunger.

Standing before the Senior Principal Magistrate of the Mombasa court, Vincent Adet, Ali testified that she stole the wheat flour alongside her husband from a car. According to her, she was busy with her casual job before her husband told her to join him in carrying a bale of wheat flour in a car close by. She went further to plead for leniency as her only intention for committing the crime was her kids who had been hungry for several days and has no further plans to steal again.

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On the other hand, Odhiambo, had also said he had stolen due to the fact he had lost his job as a scrap metal dealer after President Kenyatta’s ban on scrap metal in Kenya.

The magistrate went ahead to pardon the accused on a humanitarian ground because of the hungry kids in the picture.

“On humanitarian grounds, especially for the first accused person, I have considered the circumstances under which the offence was committed and I sympathize with her situation, with three kids under her care and no source of income and am of the view that let buy her a bale of wheat flour and some meat for today” he said.

After the ruling, Adet called on the people who were in attendance of the court ruling to contribute money to the couple for food. The people in attendance included court officials, journalists and other members of the public who were present. In all, the sum of over K1000 was raised and handed over to the couple.

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