Court jails businessman Patrick Nyamweya over malicious damage

Patrick Omani Nyamweya during the sentencing of his case. Photo/Suek

A Nairobi court has jailed businessman Patrick Omani Nyamweya for three months after the conclusion of a malicious damage case.

Nyamweya was given an alternative to pay a Sh 100,000 fine after Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku ruled that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The accused was, however, acquitted of charges of conspiracy to defraud, making a false document and uttering forged title deed after the state failed to prove the charges against him.

According to the prosecution, Nyamweya maliciously damaged a gate worth Sh 50,000 belonging to a land located along Mombasa Road valued at Sh 335 million.

In her ruling, the magistrate noted that the prosecution witnesses placed the accused person at the scene of crime.

While acquitting Nyamweya of the conspiracy to defraud charge, the magistrate noted that the State failed to avail the other co-accused persons he had conspired with to defraud Samco Holdings limited the multi-million parcel of land.

Nyamweya’s co-accused person Yusuf Moalim Hassan was acquitted of all the criminal charges against him for lack of evidence.

The two had been charged with conspiracy to defraud Samco Holding Limited of a parcel of land worth Sh 335 million.

It is alleged that the two had fraudulently registered the said land in the name of Infield.