A Form Four student at Orero Boys School in Rangwe Sub County was today arraigned before a Homa bay court charged with being in possession of an illegal fire arm namely pistol HK 45.
The student appeared before Homa bay senior resident magistrate Susan Ndegwa where he was charged that on 12th September 2017 around 11:00 am within the school compound he was found with the said pistol contrary to Section 234 (1) of the Firearms Act.
However, following a request by prosecutor Vallery Ongeti, the trial magistrate deferred taking of the plea until 17thSeptember, 2017 to enable the court conduct age assessment of the student. The student is now in custody at the Homa Bay Police Station while the pistol is being kept at Rangwe Police Station.
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The court has in the meantime summoned the boy’s parents and a relative of the student who is claimed to be the owner of the gun. According to preliminary investigation, the gun belongs to a relative of the student who is working at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University.
Media reports indicated the student used to use the gun to force colleagues to run errands for him.