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Woman gets life sentence for trafficking bhang concealed in private parts

A Congolese woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars for trafficking 100 rolls of bhang valued at Sh2,316.

Kibera Principal Magistrate Elizabeth Juma handled the sentence to Asimbo Atondi on her own plea of guilty.

Besides the life sentence, Atondi was ordered to pay a fine of Sh1 million for committing the offense.

The court heard that Atondi was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on January 16 with the drugs concealed in her private parts. According to the prosecution the rolls had a total weight 115.8grams.

She was charged on Monday and pleaded guilty but she could not be sentenced because an analysis report was not ready.

ANTI-NARCOTICS ACT

On Wednesday, the prosecutor Angela Okalo told the court that analysis by the government chemist established that the rolls contained cannabis, a proscribed substance under the anti-narcotics and psychotropic act.

In her sentence, the magistrate noted that Atondi, who claimed to be a musician, was not remorseful.

“It is surprising that you are not remorseful even after pleading guilty of a serious offence,” she said.

In mitigation, Atondi told he court she took the drug because it inspired her in music performances.

“Drug trafficking is a menace and culprits should be punished heavily. You will serve a life sentence and pay a fine of Sh1 million,” the magistrate said. The woman has 14 days to appeal.