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Man jailed for four years for 'defiling' goat

30 April 2014, 08:12 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A man was on Tuesday sentenced to four years in jail for 'defiling' a goat in Nyeri.

David Mbogo Kariuki was convicted by Nyeri Chief Magistrate Wilbrodah Juma after he was found guilty of committing the unnatural act on October 12, 2013 at Ngangarithi area in Nyeri Township.

The court heard that one of the witnesses, Peter Muya was called by his landlord who is the suspect’s grandfather to help him check on his goat that was bleating in a nearby bush.

He said he was accompanied by his neighbors to the bush where they found the goat lying upside down with it legs tied together.

"The suspect was naked and tried to escape but we caught up with him immediately," Muya said.

In hisruling, the magistrate observed that it could not have been coincidental that he was found naked and that the semen found in the animal was of a human being.

She said the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that he was the one who sexually molested the goat.

Mbogo, in mitigation prayed for a noncustodial sentence in order to be of assistance to his elderly and ailing parents, but the magistrate dismissed it saying such a sentence cannot serve as a deterrent.

She added that the convict also required psychiatric help which he could only get while in custody.

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