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Female student, 20, admits smoking bhang in school to ‘relax mind’

A 20-year-old secondary school student stunned a Meru court Friday when she told the magistrate that she was smoking bhang to relax her mind and experience what her classmate feels when high on the drug.

Christine Gakunda, a Form Three student at Munithu Girl’s Secondary School in Imenti North, admitted the charge before Meru Principal Magistrate Stella Abuya.

The student, who looked composed as the charges were read by prosecution counsel Antony Musyoka, was dressed in her green school uniform while in the dock. She told the court that she clearly understood the charge she was facing.

“It is true that I was smoking bhang. I requested my friend to give me some rolls so that l can puff and feel what she experienced when high. l did not mention to the teacher that my classmate had given me the rolls,” said the girl.

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She was charged with being in possession of and smoking a roll of bhang at the institution on Thursday. The court heard that the rolls she was arrested with were packed in a geometrical mathematical set.

A half smoked roll, a match box and a mathematical geometrical set in which she had stored the rolls was presented by the prosecution in court as exhibits.

In mitigation, the student pleaded for leniency saying that it the first time she was using drugs.

The student said that she was from a humble background with her education being sponsored by a well-wisher.

The magistrate ruled that the girl be remanded at Meru Police Station to await a probation officer’s report before the sentence is delivered on August 1.