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Thika heist suspects get extra charges

Suspects charged with stealing Sh52 million from Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Thika branch about a month ago got additional charges yesterday. Halford Munene, his brother Charles Mwangi, Julius Ndung’u and Shem Karani were added a charge of being in possession of stolen property.

Munene, Mwangi and Ndung’u were charged with being in possession of 200 identity cards, 200 Orange sim cards,1239 MTN sim cards, seven CPUs and 305 Telecommunication Authority cards suspected to have been stolen.

Bail review Karani was charged with being in possession of three identity cards also suspected to have been stolen, which were found on him in Mtwapa when he was arrested.

The four, who were arraigned before Thika chief magistrate Theresa Murigi, denied the charges with defence counsel Waithera Mwangi requesting the court to order prosecution to furnish her with witness statements, charge sheet and exhibits in the case for her to prepare for the case. Mwangi also applied for bail terms review, saying the accused had failed to raise the bond. The case will be mentioned next week.

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