The Mombasa Law Courts forgave a woman accused of stealing a bale of wheat flour with her husband.
Saumu Ali and Evans Odhiambo are accused of stealing flour worth Ksh.1,980 from Grain Industries Ltd on April 13 in Mvita’s Shimanzi area, in violation of the penal code.
The couple pleaded guilty to the charges, telling the court that they stole the wheat flour to feed their children after they had gone without food for several days.
Ali said she was working her regular part-time jobs when her husband asked her to assist him in carrying a bale of flour from a nearby car.
She pleaded for mercy, saying she only stole to feed her children and swearing she would never steal again.
On his part, Odhiambo claimed he was a scrap metal dealer who had lost his job due to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s scrap metal ban.
Principal Magistrate Vincent Adet pardoned the accused in his ruling on Wednesday, noting that he had considered the probation report presented to him by the probation officer.
“On humanitarian grounds, particularly for the first accused person, I have considered the circumstances under which the offence was committed and I sympathize with her situation, with three children under her care and no source of income, and I am of the opinion that let us buy her a bale of wheat flour and some meat for today,” Adet told K24 TV.
The judge also encouraged members of the public, journalists, and court officials in attendance to donate any amount to Saumu’s food fund, and kicked off the drive by donating Ksh.1000.