Form one student charged with arson after dormitory fire

A Form-one student at Tengecha Girls Secondary School accused of setting twin dormitories and causing the destruction of property worth over Ksh 4 million has been remanded in custody at the Kericho juvenile home pending trial.

The minor, 15 years, was arraigned for a mention of her case before Kericho Resident Magistrate Elizabeth Karani where she denied the arson charges.

She was charged that on June 26 this year at Tengecha Girls High school at Kapkatet location in Bureti sub-county, Kericho, she willingly and unlawfully set fire to two dormitories namely Kenya and Kilimanjaro all valued at Ksh 4, 129,290 property of the school.

The student was granted a bond of Ksh 100, 000 with one surety of a similar amount after she pleaded not guilty.

Following the presentation of a pre bail report before the court, Resident Magistrate Karani directed the student keep off from the school pending the hearing and determination of the case.

A probation report tabled before the court showed that the minor was a habitual thief who stole from fellow students and was also regarded as a liar by her teachers.



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