Inmate Who Was Pardoned by Uhuru Jailed After Recommitting Offence

  • A marijuana farmer who was released following a presidential pardon was on Monday sentenced to 6 years in prison after he fulfilled his promise of recommitting the offense.

    Appearing before Embu Principal Magistrate Samuel Mutai, Adsalam Walkman was found guilty of cultivating 60 large stems of cannabis sativa.

    During his sentencing six years ago for cultivating marijuana, the 28-year-old man asked the court to give him two sentences.

    His argument was that after serving “two jail terms” police should not arrest him again for the repeat offense.

    He also threatened to continue with the trade once he completed his jail term.

    On February 8, barely a month after his release, he was arrested again for the same offense at his home at Kevote village in Embu North.

    During the arrest, it is reported that Walkman resisted arrest and was shot on the leg and chest after he brandished a panga at the police.

    He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years for the first offense of cultivating bhang and one year for the second count of resisting arrest.

    This time around, he told the court that he would not repeat the offense since he had sustained serious injuries from the gunshots.

    Walkman had been in prison since 2013 and was serving a 10-year jail term but was freed in January after a presidential pardon.

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