Kenyan court finds UK national guilty of possessing explosives

Jermaine Grant
Jermaine Grant.

A court in Mombasa has found British national Jermaine Grant guilty of being in possession of explosive-making materials.

Grant, from East London, who is already serving a nine years term in a case where he was accused of forging documents in order to get an identification card, was charged alongside his wife Warda Breik and Frank Ngala after being arrested at a house in Kisauni, Mombasa.

The property was allegedly owned by fellow Brit and al-shabaab terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite, who is also known as the “White widow”.

Senior Principal Magistrate Joyce Gandani said the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Grant lived in the house from where the chemicals, key components in making explosives, were recovered.

She added that evidence produced had linked the chemicals to the Briton.

However, the other defendents were acquitted due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

Chief magistrate Evans Makori said chemicals and a computer memory drive containing bomb-making instructions were found in the house, but that the prosecution failed to prove the charge of “conspiracy to commit a felony to the required standard”.

Grant was previously jailed in 2015 by Judge Martin Muya for nine counts of forgery, including presenting fake documents in order to obtain an ID after resident magistrate Anastancia Ndung’u had earlier acquitted the Briton citing lack of sufficient evidence.

Grant’s sentencing has been set for May 9. His lawyer Chacha Mwita said he plans to appeal the conviction.

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