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Elderly woman sentenced to five years in prison for running son’s business

Rose Awinja sentenced for funding Al-shabaab teror group. PHOTO/COURTESY

A Nairobi court, on Friday, sentenced a 64-year-old woman to five years under police custody for operating a terrorist property owned by her son who was killed by Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in Somalia.

Rose Awinja Ondumbu who is sickly was sentenced to jail terms after she was should guilty of the offence.

The elderly woman was found guilty of knowingly managing a property identified as Nasar Garden in Umoja Estate in Nairobi County between December 1, 2013, and March 2017. The property was owned by her son, Anwar Yogan Mwok who was a member of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group.

Rose who was in tears during her sentence was charged in 2017 with two counts of operating a property owned by a terrorist as well as collecting funds for the benefit of terrorists.

Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot noted that she considered the mitigation and the nature of the offence which is a serious offence.

The magistrate also noted that she considered the fact that she was elderly and her son was killed by the KDF soldier in Somalia and was to take care of her grandchildren hence she would give her a light sentence.

“I have noted that she is also a victim of terrorism and that her family is broken. She is also suffering from old age sicknesses,” the magistrate ruled.

Rose was, therefore, acquitted of the second count of her crime – collection of funds for the benefit of terrorism by collecting hose rent and sending to her son in Somalia knowing that she was funding Al Shabaab.

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