A man suspected to be behind the sale of expired sanitary towels was on Friday charged before a Thika Court.

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Stephen Kamau was being accused of allegedly repackaging expired sanitary pads and selling to the public.

The accused who is said to be the owner of a house under construction in Witeithie Estate, Juja sub-county, Kiambu where the pads were found was arrested on January 15, 2020.

The police raided the house and recovered more than 300,000 expired sanitary towels labelled Government of Kenya after a tip-off from members of the public.

Juja sub-county police commander Dorothy Migarusha said expired sanitary pads are suspected to have been stolen from Kiambu, Murang’a, Mombasa and Kilifi counties then repackaged and sold in various markets.

“We received reports from residents that these sanitary towels were brought here in 2018 and sacks were taken to an unknown destination,” said Migarusha as quoted by the-star.co.ke.

During the case hearing, investigating officer Stephen Wamba asked the court to detain the suspect for 21 days to allow them to investigate the matter and record witness statements.

The suspect through his lawyer, however, opposed the application saying his client was not a flight risk and he is a law-abiding citizen.

Magistrate Valarie Ogutu, however, granted the officers 10 days to complete their investigations during which the suspect will be detained at Juja police station.

The case will be heard on January 27 where the suspect is expected to plea to the charges.