Man to spend 30yrs in jail for vandalizing electricity equipment

Part of vandalized KPLC property recovered by the DCI in the past./COURTESY

A man has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for vandalizing electricity equipment.

Edwin Kiplangat Ngeno will have to spend 30 years in prison or pay a sh.15M fine for vandalizing a 600-metre electric conductor worth sh.60,000.

Ngeno who appeared before Hon. A.P Ndege was arrested on 26th July 2023 in possession of the conductor at Stoo Mbili township in Njoro sub-county, Nakuru County.

He was charged with three counts; vandalism of energy equipment and infrastructure, stealing of energy equipment, and unlawfully handling of energy equipment, contrary to section 169 of the Energy Act of 2019.

KPLC workers conducting a routine check. |file

Also read: Man sentenced to 10yrs imprisonment for stealing a meter board

The sentence comes just a week after another man was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for stealing a meter board.

Kenya Power‘s Ag. Security Services Manager Maj. Paul Nyaga Gichovi (Rtd.) welcomed the judgment saying it will go a long way to deter similar crimes.