DPP wants 22-year jail term against ‘Liz’ rapists reviewed
15 April 2015, 09:12
Nairobi – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keriako Tobiko has said the 22-year jail term against rapists who gang raped a Busia girl popularly known as Liz, rendered on Monday by Chief Magistrate Margret Wambani was inordinately lenient and has to be enhanced.
Tobiko, who lauded the rendered justice after two years of trial against three out of the six rape suspects, said the imposed sentence fails to adequately reflect the nature, gravity and horrific circumstances under which the offences were committed and the magnitude of harm Liz suffered.
The DPP raised wondered why the other co-accused suspects, who are on the run for two years now, have not been arrested despite the issued warrants of arrest, numerous orders and directives for the police to have them arrested.
“I commend the joint investigation and prosecution teams for the successful outcome of the matter. I am disappointed that to date, three of the co-accused are still at large,” said Tobiko.
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“My office shall seek enhancement of the sentence as we continue to pursue the arrest of the other three culprits,” he assured.
Wambani in her ruling found the three; Owino Oduor, Fredrick Odhiambo and Vincent Ouma guilty of gang raping the 16-year-old girl and causing grievous bodily harm to her.
Initially, police had ordered the three culprits to cut grass at the police post as punishment for their offence but the matter went a notch higher following a public outcry that attracted global attention.
Tobiko particularly thanked state and non-state institutions and organizations including the Witness Protection Agency, COVAW, FIDA, Equality Now, and the media for bringing the matter in limelight for Liz to be granted justice.
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