Mombasa Magistrate Kagoni arrested over missing Ksh.30M heroin


Fugitive arrested

In Summary

  • Magistrate Kagoni delivered his judgment on the June 11, 209 and convicted the accused, Hussein Massoud Eid, for trafficking in narcotic drugs, sentencing him to 30 years in prison.
  • Further, the Magistrate fined the accused an additional Ksh.90 million.
  • However, Magistrate Kagoni is said to have made another order that the Ksh.600,000 cash be returned to the convicted person, hence breaching sections 36 and 78 of the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (control) Act No.4 of 1994, that required forfeiture of the seized property of the suspect upon conviction.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Friday arrested Mombasa Law Courts Principal Magistrate Edgar Kagoni following the loss of approximately 10kgs of Heroin valued at Ksh.30 million and Ksh.600,000 cash in July last year.

In a statement to newsrooms, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) indicated that Magistrate Kagoni will be charged alongside three others with obstruction with intent to defeat justice and aiding and abetting trafficking in narcotic drugs.

“The said exhibits which were recorded as cash money and drugs were found missing from the exhibit store on diverse dates between June 28, 2019 and July 26, 2019…,”read the statement in part.

In his statement, the DPP noted that Magistrate Kagoni delivered his judgment on the June 11, 209 and convicted the accused, Hussein Massoud Eid, for trafficking in narcotic drugs, sentencing him to 30 years in prison.

Further, the Magistrate fined the accused an additional Ksh.90 million.

However, Magistrate Kagoni is said to have made another order that the Ksh.600,000 cash be returned to the convicted person, hence breaching sections 36 and 78 of the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (control) Act No.4 of 1994, that required forfeiture of the seized property of the suspect upon conviction.

The three are; Abdalla Awadh Abubakar – In Charge of exhibits, Lawrence Thoya Bayan – Support staff at Mombasa Law Court sand Onesmus Momanyi – Court Assistant Ruiru Law court.

Magistrate Kagoni spent Friday night at Kilindini Port police station while the others were booked at Makupa police station, Nyali police station and ICD Nairobi.

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