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Man arraigned in court for cutting down forest trees

KNA  A man who appeared before a Kapenguria Court on charges of illegally cutting down forest trees for purposes of cultivation contrary to the law, has been released on a Sh50, 000 bond or alternative cash bail of Sh20, 000.

Solomon Popoyany pleaded not guilty before Principal Magistrate Godfrey Okwengu at a Kapenguria Law Court on Monday for the offence of clearing or breaking up the land for cultivation contrary to the forest Act No. 707.

The accused was arrested by Kenya Forest Service (KFS) officers manning the Kapatet forest that is within West Pokot County on July 14, 2021, having felled many trees as he wanted to cultivate inside the forest.

However, the accused did not have a permit from the ecosystem conservator that could allow him to cut down trees in a forest.

The accused was arrested and presented to Marich Police station for questioning before he was arraigned before a Kapenguria law court on July 19, 2021.

Court prosecutor told the court that the accused was a first offender and has never been presented before the court for a similar offence.

The court ruled that the accused person can be released on a bond of Sh50, 000 with a surety of a similar amount or a cash bail of Sh20, 000 pending the hearing and determination of the case.

The case will be mentioned on July 28, 2021, for purpose of fixing a hearing date.



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