1.The applicant Pius Mutembei Mbogo, has filed this undated application on September 26, 2022. The application brought under section 362 of the Criminal Procedure Code seeks for an order of revision of the sentence of the applicant. He has pleaded for probation order or the imposition of an option of fine. The prosecution has not opposed the application to give an alternative of a fine as sentence herein.
2.I have perused the record and proceedings of the trial court. The applicant faced a charge of being in possession of counterfeit currency contrary to section 367(a) of the Penal Code. The particulars of the charge were that on June 4, 2017, at Hailport Estate, Hurlingham in Nairobi within Nairobi County, jointly with others not before the court, he, (Together with his then co-accused) was found in possession of 106 bundles of counterfeit US dollars currency notes equivalent to Kshs 106,000,000/=.
3.Upon conclusion of the case, the applicant was sentenced to serve 2 years imprisonment. In sentencing the applicant, the court noted the mitigation raised by the applicant, the serious nature of the offence committed and the effect on the economy of the country had the fake or counterfeit currency found their way into circulation.
4.Section 367(a) of the Penal Code, under which the applicant was charged provides for a sentence of imprisonment for 7 years. In the sentence, the option of fine is not provided. The prosecution has however, not opposed the applicant’s plea for an alternative of fine in the sentence. In view of this, I allow the application and order that the sentence of the applicant be accordingly revised. Considering the nature of this case, the mitigation of the applicant, the pre-sentence report filed, and the observations of the trial magistrate during the sentence proceedings, I order that the applicant is ordered to pay a fine of Kshs 300,000/= or in default to serve 2 years imprisonment. The sentence to run from December 8, 2021, the date of sentence by the trial court.