The High Court of Kenya has sentenced Morris Logedi Shaban to three years in prison for attempting to offer a public officer a bribe of Ksh7,000.
In his ruling, Magistrate Douglas Ogoti noted that Mr Shaban will be in imprisoned for three years if he fails to pay a fine of Ksh600,000.
“Court has heard and appreciated the mitigation of Morris Legedi Shaban but he exhibited a mind of a corrupt individual even when he was warned,” Magistrate Ogoti announced.
Ogoti added that Logedi went ahead and offered a bribe to the officer even after he had been warned against the action.
According to his records, Mr Shaban had been charged with two counts of giving bribe against the law on December 10, 2016.
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During the hearing, the court was informed that Shaban offered a public officer, employed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Rodgers Akaki, a bribe of Ksh7,000 to avoid being tested for the level of alcohol in his body.
The court was further told that Shaban acted contrary to section 44(1) (2) of traffic Act CAP 403 laws of Kenya, a matter to which the said public body is concerned.
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In his defense, the accused expressed that he is remorseful for his actions.
He also noted that he has a family and that he is the sole bread winner of his family.
“I am remorseful of the circumstances under which the offence occurred and pray for a lenient sentence,” Mr Shaban stated.
The prosecution also noted that the accused has no previous criminal records.
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