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Police launch a manhunt for a rapist

28 August 2014, 21:05 Kenn Laban

Mumias - Police in Butere have launched a manhunt for a 28-year-old man suspected to have defiled a 12-year-old child on Wednesday evening.

The suspect is also said to have infected the girl with Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI).

Jackson Mapesa is said to have pounced on the girl, dragged her into a thicket, repeatedly molested her and left her for the dead.

 “I was coming back home late and went to collect my cattle I had tethered in the bushes only to find unconscious girl, lying with blood stained shattered dress and rice scattered all over. This is a girl I know so I raised alarm and people came and we took her to hospital,” said Antony Kavindi, a witness.

After regaining consciousness, the girl narrated to the shocked parents how the suspect pounced on her, abused hers and leaving her unconscious in the thicket.

“I was coming from the market when I met him. Being someone I know, he accompanied me home and when we reached that area, he grabbed me and carried me to the bushes. I tried to scream but he cupped my mouth with his hands, tore my dress and panty and started molesting me,’ narrates the child.

“The pain I felt was unendurable but he couldn't stop. As I was trying to flee myself from his grasp, he hit me on the head and that’s the last thing I remember.”

The mother of the child said they took the child to hospital and after medical examinations, the child was diagnosed with STI.

She lamented the inhuman act and wondered why a man who is a neighbour and a close family friend could prey on an innocent child.

“This is a man who is very close to our family. This child has grown up looking up to him as a father and now he turns and molest her. He has infected her, leaving her in physically and mental pain. This is very painful as a mother,” she said.

Confirming the incident, acting Butere OCPD Daniel Kinyua said police have received medical report indicating that the child was defiled and will soon arrest the suspect.

He urged members of the public to give information to police that will help in arresting the culprit.

“Parents should be in the forefront protecting their children. They should desist from leaving their children alone or sending them far away in odd hours. We will ensure this sets an example to all rapists in this area,” said Kinyua.

He raised concerns over increased defilement cases in the area and asked parents to stop ‘home fine solutions’ saying defilement is a sexual offence that needs to be treated as a crime.

“Parents found to be taking money from suspects of sexual offences will also be charged for obstruction of justice and sentenced to a jail term,” he said.

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