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Man gets 14 years for raping neighbour's cow

15 August 2013, 14:32 Wangui Joseph

Nairobi - A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years in in prison by a Mukurwe-ini court for raping a cow.

Jackson Karuga is said to have allegedly engaged in the act with his neighbor’s cow on July 28 at Mihuti village in Mukurwe-ini sub county, Nyeri.

Issuing the ruling, Mukurwe-ini senior Principal Magistrate, Wendy Micheni Kagendo, said the evidence adduced by five witnesses, including a veterinary officer, was direct and concrete.

The cow’s owner, Ann Wanjiru, told the court that on the day she had gone to milk her cow at 5:00 when she saw a pair of trousers at the shed’s entrance.

She later saw Karuga busy in the act, though he did not see her. Wanjiru said she left the scene and went to alert neighbors who caught Karuga with his pants down.

In mitigation, Karuga said his bachelorhood forced him to commit the offence. He added that he was living under stress since his father passed away last year and that he could not afford to marry.

Karuga further claimed that he was providing school fees for his siblings and taking care of his ailing mother.

However, the magistrate dismissed his mitigation saying that the fact that he was not married did not mean he would have married the cow, and that it was not reason enough for him to resort to bestiality.

She condemned the act saying bestiality cases are rampant in the region and a deterrent is needed.

The magistrate further said the cases of bestiality are a sign of moral decay in the society and the sentence would serve as deterrent to others with similar plans.

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