A Nyeri chief has been charged with stealing two terrier dogs in December 2016 at Kihuri village.
The accused person, Paul Gachiri Wageni stole the dogs valued at Sh300,000 from Helicopter Ministries bishop Thomas Wahome Njuguna.
“On the unknown date during the month of December 2016 at Kihuri village in Nyeri South sub-county within Nyeri county, stole two dog, terrier breed valued at Ksh300,000 the property of Thomas Wahome Njuguna,” the charge sheet reads.
On the material day, the farm manager Stephen Ndichu was away for studies at Kenyatta University while Wahome’s mother, Antonina Gathambi was receiving treatment in Nairobi.
Wahome’s brother Godfrey Mugo, a security manager with Farmer’s Choice, on getting home, court papers read, discovered that the dogs were missing and the kennel appeared to have been broken into.
According to the court papers, no report was made to the police about missing dogs in 2016 until two years later when the farm manager, Stephen Ndichu saw a female dog resembling that of the complainant at the accused person’s home.
The perceived owner then positively identified the dogs which he transported by air from Arusha, leading to the arrest of the chief on Thursday.
While appearing before Othaya Resident Magistrate Monicah Munyendo, Gachiri denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh100, 000 or a Sh200, 000 bond with a surety of similar amount.