A 17-year old boy has been sentenced to 5 years in jail with no option of fine for stealing a plate of meat stew and rice.
Rodgers Lagat broke into his relative’s hotel where he committed the offence besides making away with a thermos. Justice Kanyi Kimondo said a lower court rightly convicted the young man even after admitting to the offence and pleading for forgiveness.
“The sentence meted out of five years was well within the law. The learned trial magistrate took into consideration that the appellant was a first offender and remorseful. This court will not alter a sentence on the mere ground that it might have passed a somewhat different sentence,” Justice Kimondo ruled.
Lagat told the court that the relative he offended had already forgiven him and that the sentence would affect his academic life.
“I pray for forgiveness,” Lagat, a first-time offender, pleaded with the court but it would hear none of that.
The teenager was a primary school student when he committed the offence on September 2, 2013.