- Culprit Kithuka Chalo appeared in Milimani court on Wednesday October 13 to face charges
- Senior Senior Magistrate Benard Ochoi said Chalo committed a serious crime by seeking to enrich himself through deception
- In mitigation, Chalo pleaded for leniency, saying he regretted the offense
A man was sentenced to five years in prison after faking the death of a relative for defrauding Britam Insurance over KSh 500,000.
The culprit appeared Wednesday, October 13 before the first chief magistrate of Milimani, Benard Ochoi, who said that the accused had committed a serious crime by seeking to enrich himself by deception.
The magistrate said that without the acuteness of Britam’s officers, the accused would have siphoned off the money by faking the death of the insured.
He pleaded guilty to the eight charges brought against him by the prosecution headed by Anderson Gikunda.
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In the first count, Chalo was charged with forging a burial permit for a Mutisya Musyoka on March 17, 2021, claiming it was a valid document issued by the Rehema Medical Health Center. .
The prosecution told Britam Life Assurance Limited, Phoenix branch, Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi on March 19, that Chalo knowingly and fraudulently presented the bogus burial permit in an attempt to seek compensation.
Chalo pleaded guilty
In a Daily Nation report, he was also accused of raising a British death claim notification for Musyoka.
Chalo pleaded for leniency, saying he regretted the violation.
The magistrate slapped the accused with a custodial sentence without the possibility of a fine.
“It is very immoral to fake the death of a living person,” said the magistrate.
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In other news, TUKO.co.ke reported that an Isiolo court came to the rescue of a man who had been forced to pay his wife’s dowry even after she divorced.
Identified as MI in court documents, the man was challenged to pay the dowry worth KSh 221,200, but was adamant, arguing that his wife had already filed for divorce.
However, the court ordered MI to pay KSh 25,000 per month to cover the child’s maintenance and education costs.
The case was presided over by Chief First Chief Magistrate Kadhi Abdulhalim Athman, who said MI’s obligation was limited only to the welfare of his child, which he (MI) did not dispute.