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Pastor jailed for swindling Mama mboga of Sh12K

Self styled pastor who conned a Nanyuki trader of Sh12,000 by pretending he had powers to cast out demons has been jailed for six months.

James Kigera, 58, pleaded guilty to the charges of fraudulently obtaining Sh12,000 from Ms Bessy Kanana on May 17 this year at Nanyuki open air market.

The court heard that the accused approached Ms Kanana at her place of work at 1pm where she sells fruits and told her that evil demons had taken control of her life and it was for that reason that her business had stagnated.

CAST OUT DEMONS

Kigera then promised the trader that he had powers to cast out the demons so that her business would grow and earn enough money to buy a piece of land.

But for the “pastor” to carry out a demon casting session, Ms Kanana had to part with Sh20,000.

The trader had only Sh12,000 which Kigera accepted before conducting a short prayer session.

He then instructed Ms Kanana to walk away for seven kilometres and not to carry anything with her.

When she came back to her place of work, she found that Kigera had disappeared and it dawned on her she had been duped.

RAISED ALARM

Last Sunday, Ms Kanana spotted the man in Nanyuki Town and raised alarm. Members of the public apprehended him and handed him over to the police.

When he was arraigned before Principal Magistrate Waititu Gichimu on Tuesday, he admitted he conned the trader but prayed for leniency.

The court ordered him to pay a fine of Sh50,000 or spend the next six months in jail.