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Man jailed for defiling 12-year-old girl

26 February 2014, 16:42 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A 20-year-old man has was Wednesday sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Nyeri court after he was found guilty of defiling a 12-year-old girl.

John Ndirangu was said to have committed the offence on June 25, 2013 at Njogu-ini village in Kieni west sub-county.

Testifying before court, the girl said that the accused visited their home at midnight and called her aside alleging that he wanted to give her some money to keep for her mother who was away at work.

She narrated that she was sleeping with her two younger siblings and when she refused to go out, the accused broke into the house and forced her out to the veranda where he committed the offense.

The court heard that the convict also assaulted the minor on her face and the right hand in the process of undressing her.

The complainant told resident magistrate John Aringo that she was familiar with Ndirangu since he was their neighbour and added that he had previously tried to force her into his house.

The girl’s mother also testified in court stating that she was working in a neighbouring estate when the convict committed the offence.

The medical report produced in court indicated that the minor was assaulted on the face and right hand and there were lacerations on her private parts.

Ndirangu, who in his defence claimed he was a boda boda operator, failed to convince the court.

He claimed to have spent the night at a nearby market transporting his customer's goods.

He claimed that there was bad blood between him and the girl’s mother and that the mother and the police officer who arrested him were trying to defraud him of KES 40 000.

While reading the judgment, the magistrate said the prosecution evidence was clear that the accused committed the sexual offence adding that the medical evidence produced was emphatic that the minor was defiled.

He termed the accused as a pathetic sex pest who was preying on a defenseless minor adding that the crime was serious.

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