Jermaine Grant gets 4 years in jail


By PHILIP MUYANGA
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A Mombasa court has handed British terror convict Jermaine Grant a four-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of being in possession of bomb making materials.

Mombasa Chief Magistrate Evans Makori ruled that no record from prison authorities was provided to tell the behaviour of the accused.

Mr Grant was found guilty last month and the court said that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the chemicals the suspect was found with were to be used in making of an explosive for purposes of committing a terrorist act.

Mr Makori who delivered the judgement said the literature found in the accused’s residence together with information extracted from a flash disk, also recovered from him, clearly indicated that the items were to be used to make an explosive.

“There is no doubt Grant was going to prepare explosives for terrorism purposes which would have had a deadly outcome,” the magistrate said in the judgement

Through the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jacob Ondari, the prosecution had argued that the sentence must be proportionate to the gravity of the offence.

“When you consider aggravating circumstances, the offence had the potential of affecting multiple people if it was carried to its completion,” said Mr Ondari.

Mr Ondari further argued that there are no mitigating circumstances that are in favour of Mr Grant in the case.

“We urge the court to give maximum penalty provided under the law,” Mr Ondari told the Mombasa court.


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