Charged with Sh237m fuel prod­ucts theft

Business Daily (Kenya) - - CORPORATE NEWS -­tion­ A bank su­per­vi­sor who had jumped bail in 2017 was charged with steal­ing Sh14,999,850 Paul Ngugi Githinji de­nied theft charges.

Richard Munguti

An op­er­a­tions man­ager with a lo­cal oil dis­trib­u­tor has been ar­raigned over theft of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts val­ued at over Sh237 mil­lion in a span of one year from a ri­val com­pany.

Jadiel Muchui Kithinji, an as­sis­tant man­ager with En­gen Lim­ited, de­nied steal­ing pe­tro­leum prod­ucts from Oilibya De­pot within In­dus­trial Area, Nairobi, val­ued at Sh237,585,492 on di­verse dates be­tween Jan­uary 2013 and Septem­ber 2014.

State pros­e­cu­tor Ka­juju Kir­imi told Chief Mag­is­trate Fran­cis An­dayi that the pe­tro­leum prod­ucts be­longed to Oilibya (K) Lim­ited.

He ap­plied to be ad­mit­ted to bail which Ms Kir­imi did not op­pose.

Mr An­dayi re­leased the sus­pect on a cash bail of Sh1 mil­lion then fixed the case to be tried from Oc­to­ber 3.

In the same court, an­other oil dealer de­nied the charge of steal­ing pe­tro­leum prod­ucts worth Sh3 mil­lion and was re­manded in prison af­ter jump­ing bail in a dif­fer­ent case.

Man­ish Chan­darana, charged along­side one Em­manuel Kip­kos­gei Mosonik, ad­mit­ted be­fore the mag­is­trate that he had skipped the hear­ing of an­other case.

“It’s true I jumped bail… I had been ad­mit­ted in hospi­tal but when I was dis­charged a close friend told me if I show up in court I would be locked up. So I went un­der but I was fished from my hide­out by po­lice over the cur­rent case,” said Mr Chan­darana while apol­o­gis­ing to the court.

Ms Kir­imi op­posed re­leas­ing the ac­cused say­ing he was a flight risk and could no longer be trusted.

He was ac­cused of steal­ing 30,000 litres of diesel from Ber­lin Pe­tro­leum Prod­ucts Lim­ited worth Sh3 mil­lion on Au­gust 29, 2018. He also de­nied forg­ing a lo­cal pur­chase or­der (LPO) pur­port­ing to be a gen­uine one is­sued by Twyford Ce­ram­ics Com­pany.

Mean­while, a bank su­per­vi­sor who had jumped bail in 2017 was charged with steal­ing Sh14,999,850 from NIC Bank PLC.

Paul Ngugi Githinji de­nied steal­ing the cash from the Bu­ruburu Branch of the bank on Septem­ber 23, 2017.

He faced five other counts of steal­ing money. The case will be con­sol­i­dated with an­other sched­uled to be heard from Septem­ber 14. Ms Kir­imi op­posed his be­ing given bail as he had jumped bond be­fore.


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