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Court orders dowry paid for minor returned to suitor

08 July 2015, 21:36 Joseph Njung'eh

Nanyuki - A Nanyuki court has ordered for the return of dowry given out for the marriage of a 13-year-old girl in October, 2014.

The marriage had taken place at Endana sub-location in Laikipia County.

Chief Magistrate Teresa Matheka ordered Moise Kaparo, the father of the minor, to return two cows and one sheep that he had received from Jane Lepres as dowry for his daughter.

The court also nullified the marriage between the girl and her selected suitor, 20-year-old Lumpen Lepelesi who is the son of Lepres.

The court heard that Lepres had presented the dowry personally and took the girl to be married by her son.

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The girl was later rescued by the area chief who presented her to Laikipia East sub-county Children officer, Wenslau Musindayi.

Musindayi told the court that Lepres was arrested and charged for facilitating marriage of the minor.

He also told the court that police were still searching for the girl’s mother who is at large, while her father is said to be working in Nairobi.

The officer’s request that the minor be taken to a children home was granted as she will be accommodated at One More Day Children’s home.

The matter will be mentioned on August 18, 2015 for further direction from the court.

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