The case of a woman who stole a baby at Kenyatta National Hospital last year has finally been concluded. The accused – Ednah Kemunto – has been sentenced to 5 years in prison.
City Court Chief Magistrate Roselyn Oganyo delivered the ruling Tuesday noting that the prosecution led by Willy Momanyi had proved its case against the suspect.
While sentencing Edinah, the Magistrate said she had considered the increase in child theft cases in the country.
“The accused will serve five years in jail because the child was only found after a tip-off from neighbours in Kawangware,” said Oganyo.
She noted that the child’s parents suffered a lot, even advertising about their lost child in national media. “Kemunto was arrested after a neighbour who heard the child crying overnight reported the matter,” the magistrate said.
Last year, Ms Kemunto was charged with child-stealing at Milimani Law Courts before the matter was transferred to the City Court. She had initially pleaded guilty on February 27, 2018 but she later changed her plea and was freed on Kes600,000 cash bail.