62-year-old woman jailed for 35 years over car theft syndicate

62-year-old Joyce Kariuki

You would expect a 62-year-old granny to be retired somewhere, giving good advice to her children and grandchildren.

But that is not the case for Joyce Wairimu Kariuki, who has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for stealing vehicles.

Mind you, this is not the first time she will spend time in jail. Wairimu might never have heard the English saying that once bitten twice shy, or heard it and ignored it.

She is an ex-convict of Shimo La Tewa GK Prison, where she served 15 years before being released.

The sentence is the culmination of a case filed at Loitoktok Law Courts on April 23, 2019, when she was charged with robbery with violence.

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“Following numerous reports of stolen motor vehicles, especially lorries in Nakuru, Nairobi and Mombasa between 2018 and 2019, @DCI_Kenya narrowed down on the suspect around whom the thefts revolved despite having been released from the said prison after completing a 15-year jail term,” DCI tweeted on Tuesday.

She committed the offences on different dates between 2018 and 2019.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, Wairimu continued with his criminal activities even after serving 15 years in jail. You certainly can’t teach old dogs new tricks.

She had been convicted for different offences including theft, forgery, attempted theft, among other crimes.

She was first arrested in 2005. Joyce was then prosecuted and found guilty by former Kwale Senior Resident Magistrate D.O. Ogembo.

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