Do Thieves Ever Learn? Pardoned Inmates Arrested A Day After


Barely three days after a Presidential pardon set him free, a former inmate at Nyeri Main Prison in King’ong’o has been arrested for stealing a neighbor’s sheep.

George Kimani was arrested on Sunday in his Iria-ini home in Othaya and was also found in possession of ten rolls of bhang.

He had reportedly hidden the animal in his bathroom as he sought for a potential customer. The sheep was found after a community search in all compounds.

Mr. Kimani was released from King’ong’o Prison on Friday where he had been serving a one-year jail term for being in possession of bhang.

Nyeri South Divisional Police Commander Joseph Mwika confirmed the incident, saying Mr. Kimani was lucky to escape the wrath of angry villagers who wanted to lynch him.

“Some of these people never learn. But we will continue to monitor their behavior outside prison,” said the OCPD as quoted by Nairobi News.

The suspect was among 7,000 petty offenders pardoned by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Mashujaa Day.

Elsewhere, another pardoned inmate was on Sunday caught at Ol Jabet African Independent Pentecostal Church, Nyahururu stealing money from the offering basket.

Lucas Ngugi Njoroge, 26, was caught by eagle-eyed church faithful who nearly beat him up but was rescued by Assistant Chief Charles Ngunjiri.

“He dipped his hand into the basket but instead of dropping his contribution, he took out KSh 900,” a worshipper as quoted by the Nation.

The suspect was later taken to the Ol Jabet Police Post for interrogation.