A 62-year-old woman accused of engaging in robbery with violence was on Tuesday August 4 sentenced to 35 years in jail by the Loitoktok Law Courts.
Joyce Wairimu Kariuki was found guilty of employing violence to steal motor vehicles, especially lorries, from different people in Nakuru, Nairobi and Mombasa areas between 2018 and 2019.
Kariuki is a former convict, who served 15 years in prison for six different offences, including stealing, forgery, attempted theft, among other crimes. She was first arrested in 2005, prosecuted and declared guilty by the then-Kwale Senior Resident Magistrate D.O. Ogembo.
Kariuki had been imprisoned at the Shimo La Tewa Maximum GK Prison in Mombasa.
The convict had, in 2008, filed an appeal at the High Court in Mombasa, but her application was dismissed by Justice M. Muya, who, on November 14, 2013, ruled that Kariuki’s appeal was “convoluted, disjointed and without merit”.
Following her arrest early last year, Kariuki was arraigned at the Loitoktok Law Courts on April 23, 2019.
The DCI said following a string of car thefts in different parts of the country, they “narrowed down on Joyce Wairimu Kariuki, whom the thefts revolved [around] despite having been released from Shimo La Tewa Prison after completing a 15-year jail term”.
In October 2019, a Lamu Islamic religious teacher was also sentenced life imprisonment for robbery with violence.
The 62-year-old father of eight, Abdulrahman Mohamed Bwanaheri was convicted of attacking, injuring and robbing Mwanaidha Bakuri Saburi of her handbag and valuables worth Ksh125,000 on March 12, 2018 near Anisa mosque. The valuables included Ksh60,000.