A middle aged man was on Monday sentenced to a three-year jail for stealing a purse belonging to a Chinese tourist at Fort Jesus in Mombasa.
Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo sentenced Swaleh Arafat after he pleaded guilty of stealing the purse which contained a camera and a mobile phone on Sunday.
Arafat will serve his three-year jail term at Shimo la Tewa maximum prison.
The court prosecutor Simon Waithaka told court that the accused stole Ms Lee Ying’s purse while she was walking along Old Town Street in a company of a friend.
“While they were walking, the accused followed them from behind and snatched her purse. He then ran towards Old town streets leaving the complainant shouting for help,” he said.
Mr Waithaka said it was through the help of the members of the public that the accused was arrested and taken to Central police station where he was charged.
“This was after a long chase by the members of public who then recovered the stolen purse with a mobile phone and a Canon camera,” he said.
He also requested court to return the exhibits to Ms Ying who was present in court throughout the trial.
“It will assist the complainant prepare for her journey back to her country since her holiday period has elapsed,” said Mr Waithaka.
In mitigation, Arafat asked the court to pardon him on reason that he was a first offender.
The magistrate ordered the items be released to the complainant and Arafat given 14 days to appeal.