Wednesday, April 18, 2018
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP. Pirate Kenyan who stole DStv signals, decided to sue MultiChoice for allegedly illegally breaking into his house. Here's what the judge said.
A Kenyan man who pirated the DStv signal and illegally resold it and who then had the audacity to sue MultiChoice for allegedly illegally breaking into his home during a raid, has now had his case tossed by the Kenyan court.
Jeffrey Sila Ndungi (32) is currently serving a 10-year sentence in a Texas jail in the United States after he was found guilty of theft and cheque fraud in 2012 but that didn't prevent Jeffrey from also dragging MultiChoice to court.
MultiChoice and Kenya's Copyright Board (Kecobo) in 2015 raided Jeffrey Sila Ndungi's home where MultiChoice and Kecobo confiscated the equipment that he was using to pirate the DStv signal in Kenya and reselling it to people who were not direct DStv subscribers but wanted to watch DStv.
Besides Kenya, Jeffrey was also involved in illegal TV signal piracy in North and West Africa and that criminal case in Kenya is still pending, as well as a similar one in Nigeria.
Kenya's Business Daily reports that Jeffrey decided to drag MultiChoice and the Kenya Copyright Board to court, claiming damages for the alleged illegal breaking and entering to stop his alleged TV signal piracy.
He claimed that MultiChoice in Kenya broke into his home without a search warrant.
Now Kenya's high court judge Chacha Mwita has dismissed his suit.
In his ruling judge Chacha Mwita says "having carefully considered the petition, the evidence and the law, I am not satisfied that the petitioner has proved either that his constitutional rights were violated or that he suffered any damage."
According to Mwita that Kenyan law allows the police to arrest, without a warrant, any person suspected of having committed an offence under the country's Copyright Act.