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Man arraigned on rape charges

16 July 2013, 11:48 Wangui Joseph

A police officer has narrated how a man subsequently raped a 60-year-old woman and her mentally challenged daughter at Aguthi area in Nyeri County on the night of October 27, 2012.

Constable Brenda Achieng had appeared as a witness in the case involving Naftali Mwangi Murage who has been charged with two counts of raping the two women before Nyeri Chief Magistrate Wilbrodah Juma.

Mwangi who is a machete wielder is also alleged to have threatened the complainants with death if they attempted to reveal the ordeal to anyone though he has denied the accusations.

The officer said the accused person gained entry into their mud walled house through a hole in the wall according to what complainant reported to Nyeri police station.

The officer said the accused who is the complainant’s neighbor ordered the woman’s daughter to undress while threatening her with a machete he was holding before he raped her and then proceeded to the old woman whom he also raped.

The court further heard that the accused also threatened her son whom he met at the door while leaving the house after committing the offence against the two vulnerable women.

The constable also informed court that the duo was tested whether they had been sexually assaulted at Nyeri provincial General Hospital and the results were positive.

However, in a cross examination, the accused asked the officer whether she was aware the charges were framed against him by the duo but he was told the hospital laboratory results indicated they had been sexually assaulted and the victims identified him as the culprit.

The magistrate ruled that the accused has a case to answer and slated it to proceed on July 19 when the accused will defend himself.

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