BY IRENE ONYANGO.
A 27 year old man has been charged with intentionally withholding over Sh160,000 that was sent to him by mistake.
Stephen Nyamwita John was accused of intentionally and knowingly withholding the money, which was sent to his mobile number under his name through Co-operative bank account name Pan Africa Network Group limited.
The money was meant for another person.
He admitted the offence, which he committed on 15th February 2023 at Mabera area in Migori County, when he appeared before Milimani chief magistrate Lukas Onyina.
Nywamwita used the windfall for purchase a parcel of land, as an investment, after keeping the money for a while and no one allegedly called him claiming the cash.
He requested the court if he could be given a chance to pay back the money in installment. He further revealed that he was searching for a potential buyer of the land, so that he can repay the amount.
The accused in his submissions requested for the case to be transferred to a court near his home in Isbania, arguing that moving to Nairobi, for the hearing of the case, was expensive.
The court postponed the matter to April 3, for a probation report to be filed in court before he is sentenced.