A 17-year-old mother of one who allegedly defiled a 16-year-old Form one male student repeatedly has denied committing the offense when she appeared before a Kericho court yesterday (Friday).
The teen appeared before Kericho resident magistrate Elizabeth Karani and is said to have on diverse dates between 14 May 2018 and 3 June 2018 defiled the boy.
Evidence documented by the prosecution revealed that the accused engaged in unprotected sex with the minor at her house, situated at Sosiot Trading centre.
The minor, a student at Kaliogwet Secondary School purportedly failed to attend school for three weeks and during this time; he would visit the 17 year old girl at her house, where she defiled him.
The minor is said to have been found by his father at the accused house on 3 June 2018 after a neighbour reported to him that he had seen his son leaving the accused house on several occasions.
An age assessment reported tabled before the court revealed the accused as being 16 or 17 years old.
The court noted that the accused can stand trial and consequently directed that the pro-bono committee appoint an advocate for the teen.
The court further directed the children’s officer to prepare a report and submit it on 14 June 2018 as the accused took a not guilty plea.
The accused was remanded in custody at the Kericho juvenile remand home until 14 June 2018 when she will be brought back to court for mention of her case.
In February, 2018, a 31-year-old father of four was found guilty of defiling a five-year-old girl and was subsequently jailed for life.
Similar cases are heard at the Kericho Law courts where men have been charged with defiling girls as young as two.
The Kericho children’s office has attributed the rising cases of defilement in the region to parents who failed to provide information to authorities on suspected defilers so that they could be brought to book, and that this was a dangerous precedent that encouraged the perpetrators to continue with the vice.
Source: Kenya News Agency