Two sugar dealers have been charged with stealing Kabras sugar in transit worth millions of shillings.
Adili Din Mohammed and Shukri Abdi Yakub are accused of stealing 4,200 bales of Kabras sugar valued at Sh 8,330,000 the property of M/s West Kenya Sugar Company Limited from two lorries.
The two are said to have stolen the sugar in transit from West Kenya Sugar Limited at Timsales, Industrial area to Tusker Mattresses Limited head office in Embakasi along Mombasa road.
The two are alleged to have committed the offence between 22nd March and 9th April this year between the store of the sugar company and Tusker mattresses in Nairobi jointly with others not before court.
The two further faced an alternative charge of handling stolen goods to wit 1130 bales of Kabras sugar at Mega wholesalers in Eastleigh, valued at Sh 2.2 million knowing or having reason to believe it to be stolen.
Mohammed is charges in another different case relating to the same issue alongside one Francis Gachanja Mungai with stealing 700 bales of Kabras sugar on 15th February 2019.
The two also faced an alternative charge of handling stolen goods to wit 184 bales of sugar worth Sh 174,300 at Gwanji General stores in Kayole.
They pleaded not guilty before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.
Mohammed’s lawyer told the court that the sugar in question belonged to his client as he had already bought it.
He asked the court to order the release of the sugar to him (Mohammed) since it may go to waste if kept under unhygienic conditions.
The magistrate ruled that ” the sugar being perishable goods, should be stored under conditions that will not subject it to waste or damage.
Mohammed was released on a cash of Sh 200,000 and 500,000 while Yakub and Mungai were releases on bails of Sh 500,000 and 200,000 respectively.
The matters will be mentioned on 9th September.