Man who stole Bible from Naivas speaks for the first time, gives his side of the story

A man who stole a Holy Bible from a supermarket on Wednesday confessed in a Nairobi court that he wanted to preach the word of God instead of committing suicide.

Augustine Wanyonyi, 34, pleaded guilty to stealing two 2,100 shillings worth of Bibles in front of Mount Chief Justice Susan Shitubi.

He told the court that it was better to steal the Bible and know more about God than to die for his life as his house in Mukuru shack in Njenga had been demolished.

He committed the offense on January 30 at the Naivas supermarket along Moi Road.

According to facts read out in court by prosecutor Alice Mathangani, Wanyonyi went to the supermarket around 3:20 a.m. on the day of the incident and stole two copies of the Bible and hid them in his pants.

He was caught with CCTV tapes from a supermarket and later arrested by CCTV operators after failing to pay for the same product at the counter.

The court heard that he was a thief of the Bible series as he had previously been charged with shoplifting in December 2021 and was expelled from another court after apologizing.

In his statement, Wanyonyi told the court that he had stolen the Bibles instead of committing suicide after discovering that his house in Mukuru kwa Njenga had been demolished.

“After being acquitted of my previous crime by the court, I realized that my home in Mukuru kwa Njenga had been demolished, so I decided to steal to read the Bible instead of giving my life to learn more about God and preach his word to three passengers. , “Wanyonyi said.

He added that he had stolen two Bibles because his wife also needed one.

The judge ordered his preliminary case report to be filed with the court within 7 days before his arrest.

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