I stole bibles to avoid committing suicide, man tells court

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

Augustine Wanyonyi, 34, pleaded guilty to stealing two Bibles valued at Sh2100 before Milimani chief magistrate Susan Shitubi.

He told the court that it was better for him to steal a bible and know more about God than die by suicide since his house in Mukuru kwa Njenga slums had been demolished.

He committed the offence on January 30 at Naivas Supermarket along Moi Avenue.


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According to the facts sheet read in court by prosecution counsel Alice Mathangani, Wanyonyi went to the supermarket at around 3.20 pm on a material day and stole two bible copies and hid them in his pants.

He was captured by the supermarket’s CCTV footage and later arrested after he failed to pay for the same items at the teller counter.

The court heard he is a serial bible thief as he has a previous record of shoplifting.

In December 2021, he was charged and released by another court after he pleaded for forgiveness. 

“After I was released in my previous offence by the court, I found my house in Mukuru kwa Njenga had been demolished. I opted to steal in order to read the bible instead of committing suicide to know more about God and preach his word to matatu passengers,” Wanyonyi said.

He added that he stole two bibles because his wife also needed one.

The magistrate ordered for his pre-sentencing report to be filed in court within 7 days before jailing him.


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