A housemaid was on Wednesday charged in court for allegedly stealing Sh600,000 in foreign currencies from her employer in Nairobi’s Parklands estate.
Violet Mukari Makotsi appeared before Kibera law courts Chief Magistrate Anne Mwangi where she was charged with theft and handling stolen property.
The court heard that the accused person stole USD$2,500, UAE Dirham 2,500, and 200 Sterling Pounds (approximately Sh600,000) from her employer Assad Ahmed Hassan’s house on May 31st, 2022, contrary to Section 268 as read with Section 275 of the Penal Code.
She faced a second count of handling stolen property after she was found with Sh30,000 in her house in Huruma estate in Nairobi and Sh46,000 in her MPesa account suspected to have been stolen.
The court was told that on the material day, the suspect had been left in the house babysitting his employer’s child when the family went out shopping.
When they came back, they found the bag that contained the money and other valuables on the floor in one of the rooms having been ransacked and the cash stolen. The house help had also fled and switched off her phone.
Hassan reported the incident at Parklands police station, leading to Makotsi’s arrest in her house on June 18th where Sh30,000 was found stashed in a flask.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying that the money she was found with was her savings. She was freed on a surety bond of Sh300,000.
The case will be mentioned on June 27th when pre-trial and hearing dates will be set.