A member of the Akorino sect was on Wednesday jailed for life after a Gatundu court found him guilty of defiling a nine year old girl.
Kelvin Ngugi Njeri was charged before Gatundu Senior Principal Magistrate (SPM), Leticia Wachira that on diverse dates between 2011 and 2014, in Mangu location, Gatundu North Kiambu County, he unlawfully and intentionally had carnal knowledge of the minor.
The accused also faced an alternative charge of touching the minor’s genitals.
Prosecutor Maximila Keitany told the court that the victim on the said period and on a date she could not really remember was sent by her mother to take a sack to the accused, who was harvesting sweet potatoes in her aunt’s farm.
On delivering the sack, the accused told her that he had seen her doing bad manners with a boy and that the boy had put dirt in her, which he wanted to remove. He then told her to remove her underpants and defiled her and told her not to tell anyone or go to hospital, otherwise she would bleed to death.
The following day, the accused visited the victim’s home, where he asked the mother that the victim accompanies him to her aunts’ home where he again defiled her in an incomplete building.
This trend continued and the accused on various occasions even defiled the victim after the mother and her sibling left their matrimonial home and also in his rented house, until the victim opened up to her sister who told the mother.
The mother reported the matter to Mwea police post and the victim was taken to Igegania Sub-District hospital, where an examination revealed that her hymen was broken. The accused was later arrested and charged with the offense.
Sentencing the accused, the SPM said she was convinced that the accused committed the offense since he was not able to contradict the minor’s evidence.
Having looked at the minor’s testimony, I’ve no reason to doubt it considering it’s consistency of the fine details of events. I find that the accused took the advantage of the minor’s vulnerability to lie to her, that sexual intercourse removes dirt from the body, said the SPM.
The magistrate dismissed any bad relationship between the accused and the victim’s mother, as reasons for victimization as alleged by the accused in his mitigation and the issue of mistaken identity, since the accused was well known to the victim as he worked for the family but found the victim innocent of the second count.
The accused who was unrepresented and was given 14 days to appeal against the sentence.
Source: Kenya News Agency