A Nairobi court has ordered a self-confessed commercial sex worker who stole a cell phone worth sh 10,000 to do five hours community service within Milimani law courts after pleading guilty to the theft.
Lillian Nyokoa Ngota is accused of committing the offence on December 21, 2016 at Rekemarie Bar and Restaurant along Tsavo Road, Nairobi where she is said to have stolen a Huawei y330 phone from Joseph Gitonga
The court heard that the complainant, Joseph Gitonga, went to Betty’s club and drunk some beers. He later found himself in a hotel room the next day and on asking the guards of the hotel, they could not tell how he got there.
He realized he had lost sh 42,000, a brown jacket and a mobile phone and decided to report the matter to Central Police station.
His phone was traced on February 22 at Zimmerman area with the accused person.
She was arrested and interrogated on how she acquired the phone but she could not give satisfactory answers which led to her being arrested and charged.
However in her mitigation, Ngota told Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi that the complainant failed to pay her for the services she rendered to him and thus decided to keep the phone until he pays her the money.
“Your honor, we had agreed with the complainant on a certain amount of money, but after the services I gave him, he refused to pay me. I ask the court to forgive me as that is my job which feeds my children,” she told the court.
The magistrate sentenced her to fives hours community service at the judiciary and directed that the phone be given back to the complainant.