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Court slaps 5 students nabbed over school fire with hefty Cash Bail

Following a fire incident at Mukaa Boys High School in Makueni County, five of the 12 students who were accused of setting a school dormitory on fire have pleaded not guilty.

The minors were arraigned in court before Principal Magistrate Charles Mayamba on the 25th of May 2021 and they faced charges related to the destruction of school infrastructure.

The court was informed that the suspects were involved in committing the offense on Saturday night on the 22nd of May 2021. Their crimes led to the destruction of learning materials and personal items that belonged to a hundred learners.

The other seven suspects were released after the police failed to connect them to the incident.

The case is set to be mentioned on the 8th of June, 2021.

In a related case, a Nyahururu court sentenced a 20-year-old student to an 18-month non-custodial sentence after finding him guilty as charged.

The boy had assaulted his teacher and caused a disturbance in his school. Besides, he also damaged school property.

Samuel Muigai, a student at Murichu Secondary, was nabbed following an incident where he had beaten up his teacher who had wanted to reprimand him for jumping queue during a lunch meal.

However, the student pleaded with the Senior Resident Magistrate James Wanyanga at Nyahururu to forgive him, pledging to work on his anger issues.

The teacher who was identified as James Gikonyo was injured on his head and mouth during the January 18 incident, shocking the entire school. The school is located in Nyahururu County.

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