Military officer in court for raping University student
27 October 2015, 08:13
Nakuru - A 29-year-old military officer accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old Maseno University student was Monday charged at a Nakuru court.
Evans Ochieng Okello who is based at Lanet barracks appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Liz Gicheha where he denied the charges and was released on a KES 200 000 bond with a similar surety or a deposit of KES 100 000 in cash.
Okello was charged that on October 22 he lured the student to his residence at the Lanet military base where he repeatedly raped her and threatened to inject her with some toxic medicine if she dared raise alarm.
The prosecution told the court that the duo who had been involved in a drinking spree at Willcourt pub along Race Course street in Nakuru town after which they drove to the accused person's residence, where the offence was committed.
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The two are said to have known each other for a short period of time.
Okello was arrested on Thursday night while on duty at the barracks before being charged in court.
Defence lawyer Steve Kabita sought to be supplied with witness statements and documents, including audio recordings that are likely to be used as evidence in the case.
The lawyer also urged the court to release his client on bond, saying that he had no access to military equipment and would not interfere with the witnesses.
“The accused, although suspended from the service until his case is heard and determined, still remains innocent until proven otherwise,” Kabita told the court.
Hearing of the case was slated for December 10 when witnesses including the University student are expected to testify.
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