punitive sentence as man in Mombasa is imprisoned for life for peddling Bhang

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BY CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,16TH MAY 2018-A man in Mombasa  will have to serve life in prison after he was  arrested while   transporting 155 rolls of bhang from Migori County to Likoni. The man identified as Emmanuel Chacha was arrested on Monday at the Likoni Ferry screening area when police found the rolls of bhang worth Sh23,250 stashed in two bags he was carrying.

Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate Edga Kagoni said the drug menace has rendered many local youths unproductive, and the ruling should be a warning to would-be peddlers.

“People like you need to be kept away from the public to act as a warning to those already in the business and as a deterrent to those planning to engage in it,” he said.

The magistrate said the quantity of the bhang showed the peddler had a designated destination and he intended to bring harm to the youth.

“I have considered the accused’s mitigation, but this offence is serious considering the quantity of the substance. The suspect is aware that the drug menace has caused more harm to young people and rendered them unproductive,” said Mr Kagoni.

Asked for forgiveness

While defending himself , Chacha who was overcame with emotion begged  the court in vain to pardon him, saying he was an orphan and was providing for his siblings.

“For the offence you are charged with, I therefore sentence you to life imprisonment. You have the right to appeal against the sentence within 14 days,” the magistrate ruled.

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