Nairobi News

News

Man charged with stealing from Safaricom transmission sites

A man has been charged with breaking into Safaricom transmission sites in Nairobi and its environs and stealing batteries worth Sh1.8 million.

Simon Gathu appeared before a Milimani court on Monday charged with seven related counts along with an alternative count of being found in possession of stolen batteries.

The accused denied all the charges before resident magistrate H. W Kagura.

Mr Gathu had been accused of breaking into Safaricom base transmission sites in Waguthu-Ruaka, Nyari-Upperhill, Tigoni, Kanyariri-Ruaka, Southeren Bypass-Ruaka, Upper Matasia-Kajiado and Nakuru between November 21 and December 7 from where he stole 40 batteries valued at Sh1.8 million.

He denied all the charges including an alternative charge of being found with 11 of the stolen batteries on December 23 at Modern café and garage in Kayole.

FEELING UNWELL

The 11 batteries are believed to have been part of the Safaricom Limited batteries that were stolen from different transmission sites.

Mr Gathu requested the court to grant him an affordable bond on the basis of that he had been remanded for five days and had started feeling unwell with Malaria symptoms.

The magistrate ordered the accused be taken for medical checkup and be released on a bond of Sh500, 000. His case will be mentioned on January 12 2015.

In the same court, Samuel Were was charged with assaulting and causing bodily harm to a man in Rumors Club along Moi Avenue on Boxing Day.

He pleaded not guilty and was released on a cash bail of Sh30, 000 and his case set for mention in January 12 2015.