Kenya: Phone Money Transfer traps criminal

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An M-Pesa transaction was the key piece of evidence that nailed a suspect in a robbery with violence case. A court said the fact that cash was transferred from the victim's phone to that of Francis Ndung'u Njoroge was proof that he was involved in the crime.

Nyahururu senior resident magistrate Alice Mong'are sentenced Njoroge to death. Phone-related crime has become rampant in Kenya because millions of people own mobile handsets.

But while police have used phone signals to track down and arrest suspected criminals in the past, this is the first time a cash transfer transaction was being used as evidence in a robbery with violence case.

Ms Mong'are commended the use of modern technology to track criminals. The technology, she said, was crucial in proving cases against the accused.

The prosecution said detectives who had been trailing Njoroge pounced on him in Subukia where he was still using the victim's phone.

Ms Mong'are said police had proved the case against the accused after they tracked him for more than a month before raiding his house in Subukia, Nakuru county.
His victim's SIM card was found, as well as several personal items.