Three people accused of stealing Sh47 million from the Nanyuki branch of Barclays Bank #ticker:BBK seven years ago have been jailed for eight years each.
Nanyuki Chief Magistrate Lucy Mutai on Wednesday jailed cashier Peter Muguro and his accomplices Robert Wanjau and Christopher Maina after they were found guilty of handling stolen money.
However Julius Rimiri, who was a custodian of the bank’s strong-room, was acquitted alongside Muguro’s wife Consolata Wangui who had been charged with giving police false information. Also set free was John Baptista Githaiga.
Five suspects had been charged with robbing a bank guard of Sh47 million on April 13, 2011. However, the court acquitted them but convicted them on the charge of handling stolen property.
During the hearing, the prosecution told the court how detectives recovered Sh10 million from Mr Muguro, Sh1.9 million from Mr Wanjau and Sh2.6million from Mr Maina a week after the robbery.
While delivering the judgment, Ms Mutai noted that the money was stolen from the bank but there was no sufficient evidence to link the suspects to the robbery which was carried out by hooded men.