ACC 40 OF 2018 - R vs William Ashael Osoro

Summary: The accused, a senior principal administrative officer with the ODPP, was arraigned in court to answer charges relating to abuse of office in the arbitrary use of fuel cards belonging to the ODPP in purchases in a manner prejudicial to the ODPP, and stealing by person employed in the public service. Evidence adduced in court showed that the accused on diverse dates used cards assigned to him to make dubious fuel purchases, such as in some instances, fuel exceeding the tank capacity of vehicles alleged to have been fueled, double fuel consumption being done within minutes or seconds, or vehicles purchasing a different type of fuel to the fuel used by the vehicles shown to have consumed said fuel. The court in considering evidence before it made the conclusion that the accused indeed took over individual managementof the card contrary to practice where the card ought to have been managed collectively. Having individual custody of the cards, the accused was ultimately responsible for the fraudulent and unprocedural purchases made under it, and was therefore liable for the prejudice suffered by the ODPP. In the second count of stealing by person in the public service, the court noted that from the evidence before it the cards were only used to fuel the ODPP's vehicles, and that no evidence was produced in court to show that the accused derived a personal benefit from the purchases. He was therefore acquitted on this charge.

Fist offence date: 01/Sep/2013
Start date: 01/Jan/2018
Ruling date: 01/Jan/1970
Defendant plea: Not guilty
Amount involved: KES 7,902,250.28
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Fine amount: KES 0.00

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