BY CORRESPONDENT,NAKURU,25TH JUNE 2018-A Nakuru court has sentenced a man for three years in Prison after he admitted to having sold cat meat in samosas.
Principal Magistrate Bernard Mararo sentenced James Kimani on Monday, after he pleaded guilty.
“The accused is sentenced by his own plea. He is to serve two years on the first count, with a Sh200,000 fine, and pay a fine of Sh50,000 or be imprisoned for one year in the second count.”
Kimani was arrested after being in the business since 2012. The charge sheet states that on June 25 in Nakuru town, he willingly slaughtered a cat for purpose of human consumption.
The court was left in shock after Kimani said he got into the business after identifying a gap.Though he admitted that his customers were not aware that he was selling them cat meat.Revealing that he had killed more than 1,000 cats,Kimaini said he sold the meat to vendors and hotels in the town.
He had prayed for leniency saying he could not resist the job of delivering the meat at higher prices.
“I was not aware that it was wrong to slaughter cats on open ground. I would have done my business in the forests,” he added.
Kimani also said that he had a market for cat skins and that he earned Sh500 for each one he slaughtered.
The businessman who pleaded guilty to a charge of exposed the carcass of a cat, whose meat is not fit to be consumed by human beings.