A magistrate at a court of law in Mombasa has warmed the hearts of many after going an extra mile and helped a couple which was brought before him.
Saumu Ali and her husband Evans Odhiambo were presented before the court over theft of one bale of wheat flour from Grain Industries Ltd.
According to the charge sheet, the couple stole the commodity valued at KSh 1,980 from Odhiambo’s workplace in Shimanzi, Mvita.
Speaking before the court, the couple pleaded guilty to charges read before them, however, noting that they stole the items out of hunger.
“I was doing my menial job when my husband called me to help him carry the load. We did this for the sake of our children,” Saumu said.
Saumu noted that she had pleaded with the arresting officer hoping for leniency but her pleas fell on deaf ears.
After listening to the case, Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate Vincent Adet chose to help the couple on humanitarian grounds instead of punishing according to the law.
The thoughtful magistrate then organized a funds drive in the court to raise funds and led by examples by contributing KSh 1,000.
Adet also rallied those present in the court to contribute whatever they had to help the couple.
“With three kids under her care, and no source of income, I am of the view that let us buy her a bale of wheat flour and some meat for today,” he said.
After raising a substantial amount of money, the magistrate pardoned the couple on grounds that they never repeat the mistakes.
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