Three police officers were on Thursday, March 18, faced with a hard task of explaining to a court the disparity in the number of bhang rolls nabbed from a suspect.
Appearing before Thika Law Court Chief Magistrate Julius Nangea, the three cops found themselves between a rock and a hard place.
The court wanted them to explain why there were 207 rolls of bhang as exhibit, while their statement said they nabbed a suspect with 188 rolls.
The three identified as Richard Kamau, Corporal Muthosi and Police Constable Joel Macharia fumbled. In the end, they did not give a clear answer.
All this while, Catherine Nyokabi, the accused who hails from Juja, Kiambu County, accompanied by her three-year-old son sat quietly as they listened to the policemen.
Catherine was arrested following a tip off.
The three officers, alongside another not in the court raided Nyokabi’s one-bedroomed house in Juja. Upon a thorough search, they seized the narcotics hidden between her cloth line.
The police told the court they stored the bhang in a black and red bag as court exhibit. But when Justice Nangea asked for the bag in Thursday’s court session, they were unable to produce.
The police explained to the court that their police station was infested by rats, a possible cause of the missing bag.
When the court clerk asked one of the cops to openly count the rolls of bhang, there were 207, not 188 as claimed.
The case continues on April 7, when Nyokabi is expected to call her witnesses.
One roll of bhang is Ksh50, meaning the 207 rolls have a street value of KSh10,350.