- A court in Mombasa has convicted a Canadian businessman after he was found guilty of human trafficking
- Identified as Asif Amirali Alibhai Jetha, the businessman had brought the 12 Nepalese women who he contracted to entertain revellers at his club in Nyali Mombasa
- Jetha was arrested in 2019 after detectives from the Transnational Organised Crime Unit raided his club named Rangeela grill and bar in Nyali, where the women had been confined
Businessman Asif Amirali Alibhai Jetha has been given 30 years in prison by a court in Shanzu, Mombasa county, which found him guilty of trafficking 12 women of Nepalese descent.
In addition, the court also sentenced the businessman to 20 years imprisonment for promoting human trafficking.
Jetha, a Canadian national, was charged in 2019 with three counts of trafficking in persons, promoting human trafficking and interfering with travel documents.
The prosecution said he detained the women with the intent of exploiting them by deception.
Nepalese women rescued by detectives
Detectives drawn from the Transnational Organised Crime Unit rescued 12 Nepalese women who had been confined in Nyali, Mombasa county, two years ago.
The women were arrested during a raid at Jetha’s Rangeela grill and bar at Amkay Plaza in Nyali.
According to a tweet from DCI on Saturday, April 13, 2019, Jetha had been linked with the immigrants who were to be contacted to entertain in the bar.
The 12 were said to be in the country illegally and were found while entertaining revellers in Jetha’s club based in Nyali, Mombasa.
The detectives had raided the club before rescuing the 12.
“The owner of the club one Asif Amirali Alibhai Jetha, a Canadian, was arrested. All victims found well & safe,” tweeted DCI.
During the impromptu search, the sleuths recovered money, mobile phones and some documents. Jetha and the immigrants were locked up at Nyali police station pending further investigations.
Man sentenced after confessing to killing his wife
In other related news, a Kericho court sentenced a man who confessed to killing his wife to five years in prison.
Paul Kipkemboi admitted to killing Caroline Koech at their home in Kipkelion on November 12, 2020.
In the incident, as narrated by Kipkemboi, an argument ensued between them when he found out that his wife had been on a drinking spree and neglected their children.
On the fateful day, the prosecution told Kericho High Court judge Asenath Ongeri that the accused got home at around 9.30pm and found his children had slept hungry and his wife was drunk.
When Kipkemoi tried to question his wife, the prosecution said a war of words began that escalated to a fistfight.
He later inflicted deep cuts on his wife’s head, which led to her death.
The suspect immediately fled from the scene.
However, the accused later surrendered to the police and confessed to killing his wife.
During the court proceedings, he said he was remorseful and pleaded to be handed a non-custodial sentence to take care of their two young children.
However, because the accused surrendered himself and was a first time offender, he was sentenced to only five years in jail.