Douglas Vusaka Jimugeni and Ann Wambui Maina who are accused of conspiracy to defraud her father of Sh 100,000 by pretending to have been kidnapped have been charged before Nairobi court.
BY SAM ALFAN.
A 25 year old woman accused of conspiracy to defraud her father of Sh 100,000 by pretending to have been kidnapped has been charged before Nairobi court.
Ann Wambui Maina, a mother of three, was charged together with her alleged husband Douglas Vusaka Jimugeni with attempt to extort by threats, contrary to the law.
They allegedly committed the offence on diverse dates between March25, and April 2 at Kawangware-Kabiria area in Nairobi.
The two were accused of sending threatening messages to the woman’s father, Joseph Maina Mwangi, claiming that Wambui had been kidnapped and would be killed within two days if a ransom of Sh 100,000 was not sent through M-Pesa for her release.
In a dramatic twist, the complainant shocked the court when he said he had forgiven the two and requested that they be spared a custodial sentence. The prosecution did not oppose Maina’s request to formally withdraw his complaint.
Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Lucy Mbugua recorded the plea of ‘guilty’ by the two accused persons, who asked for leniency.
Maina had received the threatening message at around 3 am on March 25. He received a similar text the following day and decided to report the matter to the police. Investigations were conducted and the messages were traced to Vusaka’s mobile telephone in Kawangware.
Vuisaka was arrested on April 8 and upon interrogation, admitted having committed the offence. He claimed that he had been living with Wambui as his wife.
Prosecutor Duncan Ondimu said the accused persons did not have any previous criminal records but emphasized was of a serious nature.
In her ruling, the magistrate said the accused persons appeared to be remorseful and called for a probation officer’s report on their conduct. They will be remanded in custody until April 15 awaiting the outcome of the investigation.