Siblings’ plea deferred for age assessment

A Kiambu Court on Monday differed taking plea from two minors to allow for age assessment and ordered for it to be done at Kiambu Level 5 hospital.

The elder of the two told Kiambu Chief Magistrate (CM), Ms. Patriciah Gichohi that she was 13 years old and her brother was only 11 years old.

The duo had appeared in the court on suspicion of stealing from a dwelling home in Kirigiti location of Kiambu County.

When they appeared on the dock, the prosecution counsel Mr. Donnex Ongira told the court that records from the police indicated that the girl was 17 years old but agreed to the recommendation of the court that assessment be conducted by a medical expert before they continued with the case.

The CM while making the order told them; You will be taken to hospital so that the court can confirm your age. Meanwhile, you will be committed to Kiambu Remand Home where you will sleep in comfort and you will be fed properly, she told them.

Their case will be mentioned on June 29 for a social enquiry report from the children department.

The same court released a standard 8 pupil to the mother but bonded her on Sh.20, 000 cash bail to assure the court that she would produce him in court when he required.

The pupil who has been in custody is being held in connection to attempted defilement. Prior to the release, the court interrogated the mother who said she was a business woman in Kahawa West area.

The CM cautioned her that if she failed to produce her son in court for the hearing of the case, she would forfeit to the state Sh.20, 000 and would also be jailed.

She will however be refunded Sh.5, 000 which she deposited in court Monday as cash bail to secure the release of her son.

The minor is being represented by Richard Charagu on pro-bono after the mother said she was not in a position to hire an advocate to represent her son.

She pleaded with the court to set the hearing of the case preferably during school holidays so that his studies were not disrupted.

His case will be mentioned on July 23.

Source: Kenya News Agency