Man who scaled a communication mast jailed for two years
A man who climbed a 60-metres communication mast in Embu town and threatened to jump down was on Thursday sentenced to two years in jail for attempted suicide and trespass by an Embu court.
Anthony Murimi had last month pleaded guilty to trespassing into a Safaricom mast in Majengo estate on June 10, and climbing to its peak where he started chewing miraa.
In her ruling, Embu Resident Magistrate, Juliana Ndengeri said a Probation report indicated that the accused had in an earlier sentence failed to complete another non-custodial sentence for trespass and thus should serve the jail sentence.
She said by climbing to the mast, the accused endangered his life and thus should serve a strict jail sentence to deter him from committing such a crime in future.
The 25 year old security guard was said to have scaled the mast to chew miraa, threatening to jump down as police officers persuaded him to come down for about 12 hours.
At some point, he removed his clothes and threw them down, remaining only with an inner wear.
He was rescued later that day by fire fighters from Meru and Embu counties who successfully pleaded with him and he agreed to be assisted to descend.
He was then taken to Embu Level Five hospital for medication.
By Muoki Charles