A 55-year-old welder accused of robbery with violence will serve 210 years jail term after he was found guilty of the criminal acts by an Eldoret court.
Humphrey Shilisia’s co-accused among them his wife Amina Melisi and David Gazemba were acquitted of the robbery with violence charges for what the court termed as lack of evidence.
The trial Senior Principal Magistrate Naomi Wairimu ordered that the sentence run concurrently, meaning the accused person will serve for 50 years in prison.
The charge against the three accused persons stated that on June 20, 2020 at Wales estate in Kapseret sub county, Uasin Gishu county while armed with dangerous weapon, a panga, robbed Gladys Rotich of sh
Shilisia was separately charged that on the same date and place, he raped Gladys Rotich after stealing from her mobile phone sh 6,000 from her mobile phone.
The three were further charged that on the same date and place, they robbed with violence of sh 19,300, the property of Yulita Mitei.
They were also charged that on the same date and place they robbed Moses Rotich of Sh 76, 800 while threatening to use actual violence against the victim.
The accused persons were charged that on the same date and place, they robbed with violence Gilbert Murei sh 4,800.
While giving her evidence in chief,against Humphrey shilisia, the complainant, Glady’s Rotich narrated how the attackers stormed into their house at night while wielding a torch.
She said the first accused person sent sh 6,000 from her phone and after he had transferred the money from her husband’s phone, he ordered him to go under the bed.
“He then ordered that I go out with him while brandishing a paga on my neck and raped me. After the ordeal, he asked for car keys and when I told him that I did not know how to drive, he let me back to the house and closed the door and left,” recounted the complainant.
In his statement, the first accused person said that on the 20th of July 2020, he woke up to go to his welding job and that on his way back, he stopped to have some music loaded into his USB.
He stated that two police officers from Langas police station stopped him on the way and he complied.
According to the convict, the officers then asked him to take him to his house to carry out a search for a gun and that while in the house, they took a home theater, TV and Gas cylinder before arresting his
The second accused, in his defense, told the court that he was charged for the robbery with violence offense after he refused to comply with the arresting officer’s directive to implicate someone else in the matter
“I was framed up charges of robbery with violence after I refused to implicate someone else with the capital office,” said David Gazemba.
While sentencing the first accused, the trial magistrate stated that it was beyond reasonable doubt that indeed the complainant, Gladys Rotich was robbed as alleged.
“Also from the medical doctor’s report, it shows that the complainant was indeed raped,” ruled the Magistrate