Crime has reached its lowest degree after the confession of a 12-year-old boy confidently that he has been a criminal for two years now at their home in Kithimu village in Embu West.
An Embu court was stunned when he told them he had broken into houses and stolen from his neighbours many times before he was nabbed on Monday, May 6.
He was charged that on May 5, 2019, at Kithimu Location in Embu West Sub-county he broke into the house of one Namu Mbuthia and stole 8 kilograms of dry maize valued at Ksh.300.
The Standard Six pupil, who was appearing before Chief magistrate Maxwell Gicheru, was facing charges of housebreaking.
He also faced a second charge that on May 6, at Kithimu location within Embu-West Sub-county he was found in possession 8 kilograms of maize having the reason to believe it was stolen goods.
The boy pleaded guilty to the two charges.
In one instance he told the court that he previously stole Muguka from his father’s farms and sold it to a woman in the area then used the proceeds to buy Mandazi.
The boy further confessed to have stolen and sold macadamia nuts from his neighbour and used the money to buy a shirt, boxer and trousers.
The boy said he started the stealing habit while in Class Four and all along, he has been stealing and buying items that please him.