Notorious transformer oil thieves imprisoned for 18 years

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Imagine going to prison for 18 years for vandalizing transformers and stealing its oil.

Well, two notorious transformer thieves have been sentenced a second time after being found guilty of vandalizing 100 KVA transformer and stealing 420 litres of transformer oil in Kapseret area on the 4 and 5 June 2017.

The two, Wesley Rotich and James Ngondoli who are currently serving sentences of 10 years and 17 years respectively were sentenced to serve 14 months each by an Eldoret Court.

This increased their sentences to 11 years and 18 years respectively.

The vandals were serving a previous sentence passed on 8th February 2018.

Wesley was imprisoned for vandalizing a 200KVA transformer worth Sh.2.5 million while James was arrested on 11th October 2017 at Jua Kali area in Eldoret for stealing a transformer worth KShs.2 million, copper windings and 400 litres of transformer oil.

Kenya Power’s Security Services Manager Maj. Geoffery Kigen (Rtd.) welcomed the speedy prosecution saying the two criminals were the masterminds of a group that vandalized electricity distribution equipment in Uasin Gishu.

I am pleased that through working with the Kenya Police and other security stakeholders, the number of vandalized transformers has reduced from 133 in the previous financial year to 100,” Kigen said.

Kenya Power has sustained surveillance on the network through countrywide operations to crackdown vandalism and illegal connections.

Through these efforts, the power distributor says there has been an 81.3 per cent decline in cases of vandalism countrywide.


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