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How one driver lost Sh700k after having his drink spiked by female companions


A driver working for a firm remodeling sections of the Thika Superhighway lost more than Sh 730,000 after four women he met at restaurant in Kasarani spiked his drink and emptied his bank account.

Samuel Gichuhi Mwangi, an employee of Interways Works Limited, was having drinks at the Saga’s Hotel in Roysambu on the evening of April 12, 2019 when a strange woman joined his table while on a phone conversation with a caller purportedly disposing a parcel of land in Ol Kalau.

Four other women later joined them, one after the other, and three of them agreed to meet the land vendor in Allsopps area opposite GSU headquarters. At some point, they requested Mwangi to join them.

Mwangi later woke up at the same hotel to find his two mobile phones missing.

Mwangi is believed to have given his bank details to the women after they administered a stupefying drug on him.

He reported the matter at Kasarani Police Station where he was advised to visit Equity Bank urgently to confirm the status of his account.

The driver found a total of Sh 737,472 having been withdrawn from his account.

Sh141,000 had been transferred to a certain Mary Wanjiru Muthama, Sh 300,000 to Nancy Muthoni and Sh 86,000 to Francis Maina Mwaniki.

Different amounts of money were also transferred to several phone numbers.

CHARGEDĀ 

On Monday Muthama was charged with with stealing Sh 737,472 from Mwangi.

She is accused of stealing from on the night of April 12 this year at Saga’s Hotel jointly with another suspect earlier charged and two others who are at large.

They allegedly transferred the money from Mwangi’s account held at Equity Bank’s Kayole branch through Eazzy Money transactions into their receptive accounts.

Muthama is also accused of handling stolen property after Sh 141,000 of Mwangi’s cash was traced to her account at Equity Bank’s Garden City Mall branch.

She is accused of dishonestly receiving the cash in the course of stealing, and knowing or having reason to believe the same to be stolen property.

One of her accomplices has been charged while the rest are being sought by detectives.

She denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Steve Jalango of Makandara Law Courts and was released on a cash bail of Sh 300,000.

The hearing of her case starts November 15.