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Man faces death penalty for stealing cow

A man  is facing the mandatory death sentence after he appearing in court for stealing a cow. The crime carries a similar sentence to capital offences such as murder and robbery with violence.

Evra Mbithi Kalunda, appearing before Senior Resident Magistrate Mellany Achieng, denied the charge of stock theft contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code.

But Peter Kariuki, the prosecutor, said the accused stole a cow valued at Sh35,000 on January 5, 2015 at Kivandini Sub-location, Wote Location in Makueni County.

It is alleged that Kalunda was arrested on the same day at Kilala livestock market in Kilala Location in Makueni county while trying to sell the cow.

The accused was ordered by the court to pay a bond of Sh50,000 and a similar surety or pay a cash bail of Sh30,000 to secure temporary freedom.

He is to remain in custody after failing to pay the bond or cash bail. The case be mentioned on January 14 while the hearing starts on March 17.