We stole court cash? That’s nothing new — staff

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By BRIAN OCHARO
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A member of the support staff at the Voi Law Courts surprised a Wundanyi court when he said that siphoning funds at the courthouse is not something new.

Evans Waweru, accused of conspiracy to steal Sh70,000, told Wundanyi Senior Principal Magistrate Nicholas Njagi that it was not the first time money was lost at the courts.

The accused fingered the courts’ accounts section, claiming money has always been either misappropriated or lost.

On several occasions, he said, fines and bonds have not been deposited into the courts’ bank account.

“This is not the first time, there has been a problem in the accounts department in which fees and other fines imposed on the suspects are not deposited in the required account,” he said on Wednesday.

The revelation came as Voi Law Courts accountant Mercy Wangeci appeared in court to testify in the case.

Mr Waweru has been charged alongside Peter Muendo with conspiracy to steal the Sh70,000 from Beatrice Mwabule on May 5, 2016.

They are facing second and third counts of forgery and theft.

The accused are said to have received Sh70,000 from Ms Mwabule but failed to deposit the money into the courts’ account.

They are alleged to have forged a receipt indicating that the money had been deposited into the account.

Ms Wangeci confirmed to the court that on the alleged date, no money was deposited by the suspects in the courts’ account and the deposit receipt produced was forged.

“The suspects received the money, but our bank statements indicate that no money was deposited by the suspects,” she told the magistrate.

“The alleged receipt do not have signatures of any of the accountants in the facility.”

Mr Waweru and Mr Muendo have denied committing the offence in Voi town, Taita-Taveta County.

They are out on a Sh100,000 bond each, with one surety of the same amount.

The hearing continues Thursday.

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