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Man, 78, arrested for defiling a 9-year-old

04 August 2014, 14:10 Ken Laban

Webuye - Police in Webuye Sunday apprehended a 78-year-old man suspected to have molested a kindergarten pupil aged nine.

Wellington Mudanya is said to have lured the child into a sugarcane plantation where he defiled her on Friday evening after giving her a ten shilling coin to buy sweets.

He later threatened to kill the girl if she reported the matter.

“In the evening, I noticed she had difficulties in walking and upon inquiry, she complained of pain in her private parts. Upon checking, I noticed she had a ruptured and swollen vagina. She confessed that mzee had taken her to the sugarcane plantation  on her way from school where he forcefully raped her,” said the child’s mother.

“We rushed her to the hospital and it was confirmed that she had been raped. We reported to police but the suspect got wind of this and vanished until today (Sunday) when he was found hiding. It is very inhuman for an old man, a parent and a grandfather to take away such a small child’s innocence,” she added.

The girl also sustained neck injuries and bruises on her face, arms and legs.

“The suspect had forced sexual relations with an underage child and this is against the law,” confirmed Webuye OCPD, Willy Simba.

Simba noted that they received a report that a child has been raped on Friday but the suspect has been at large.

He added that they launched a manhunt and found him hiding in an abandoned building on Sunday.

“The child identified the suspect, who is their neighbour. We have gathered enough medical evidence to prove that he molested the child and we are taking him to court tomorrow (Monday). We don’t want to have people preying on our children. We will ensure we create a child-friendly environment in Webuye,” said Simba.

Meanwhile, Bungoma county women representative Regina Wanyonyi has decried increased cases of child defilement in the county saying police are not doing enough to arrest the culprits.

She called on parents to ensure they protect their children against sex pests, and urged them to avoid out-of-court settlements saying all sexual offenders must be punished by law.

“It’s high time we as a community said no to child rape. We should not allow people to mess with our children’s purity and innocence and let them roam freely as if nothing happened. They should be locked up to guarantee the safety of our children,” she explained.

Wanyonyi called for amendment of the law to ensure stringent measures are taken pedophiles saying life and death sentence will be the best deterrent.

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