Man sentenced to serve 10 years behind bars for rape

A 25-year-old barber was sentenced to serve 10 years imprisonment by a Narok Court on Thursday for raping an 18-year old woman and impregnating her.

Benson Ntaiya had appeared before Narok Chief Magistrate (CM), Wilbroda Juma charged with raping the 18-year-old woman on July 23, 2015 in the Olchorro area of Narok North Sub-County.

He faced an alternative charge of indecently assaulting the woman by touching her private parts but this charge expired after he was convicted of the main charge of defilement, in accordance with the law.

The accused was said to have attacked the complainant while she was looking for firewood, raped her in a bush and reportedly threatened to kill her if she screamed or disclosed the incident to anyone.

The incident translated to a pregnancy and the dropping of the Form Three student from school. A paternity (DNA) test conducted by the investigators proved that the accused was the biological father to the child.

In her judgment, Ms. Juma said the prosecution had proved these offenses against the two accused persons to the required standards and said the defenses of the accused persons that they were framed up did not punch holes into the prosecution evidences.

There is no doubt in our minds as to who committed the barbaric act to the young woman as the accused was well known to the victim and she was able to identify him by name, the magistrate said.

The CM said that it was disturbing that the accused person had decided to ruin the life of a young girl whom he knew very well.

In mitigation, he pleaded for leniency, saying he was an orphan with his siblings depending on him for upkeep and that they were bound to suffer if he was jailed.

The CM reminded the accused of his right of appeal in 14 days.

This comes after a 20-year-old herder was last week sentenced to serve 15 years imprisonment by another Narok Court after he was found guilty of defiling a 16-year-old schoolgirl.

During the same week, a 60-year-old man was sentenced to a total of 40 years imprisonment by Ms Juma after he was found guilty of defiling two young sisters.

In 2006, the Parliament passed the Sexual Offences Act which offers stricter penalties to sexual offenders but this does not seem to have done much to reduce this offense.

Source: Kenya News Agency