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Teacher convicted for defiling pupil

07 February 2013, 11:50 Wangui Joseph

A religious education teacher was on Tuesday slapped with 20 years imprisonment by a Nyeri court after he was found guilty of defiling a 12-year-old minor.

While issuing the ruling, Nyeri acting Chief Magistrate Shadrack Okato termed Daniel Njoroge Ngaruiya’s offence as serious adding that the accused deserved to earn reasonable wages of his sins.

He said the prosecution proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the accused had committed the offence as seven witnesses appeared to testify against Njoroge.

The magistrate further stated that the offence will traumatize the minor and therefore Njoroge must be removed from the civilized society if children of Nyeri County are to be safe.

Njoroge, a teacher at Baraka Academy School had been charged that on November 8, 2011 at Ruring’u-Skuta in Nyeri district, he intentionally defiled the minor who was his pupil.

He faced an alternative charge of committing an indecent act with a minor by touching her private parts.

The minor informed the court that the accussed took her to his house where they first took mandazi.

“He ordered me to climb on the bed and undress. He also removed his pants. Later he inserted his fingers in my private parts then his manhood,” the class six girl testified in court adding that she felt pain but could not scream for the accussed had blocked her mouth with his hand.

She narrated the ordeal to her parents and was later taken to Nyeri Provincial general hospital where she was treated. 

She further informed court that it was the second incident for Njoroge to defile her after revealing that in the first scenario she could not disclose, since she had been issued with dire consequences of death threats.

In his defence, the CRE teacher said that on the material day he was at Othaya Joy Academy School at the teachers’ quarters.

He also claimed that during his arrest by members of public he lost his cell phone and KES 500, conversely, the magistrate termed his defence as sham.

In mitigation Njoroge said he takes care of his parents and pleaded for mercy.

He also asserted that he is innocent to the charges and did not commit the offence. However, he was given 14 days to appeal the court's ruling.  

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