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Teen to spend 20 years in jail for defiling a minor

16 May 2014, 19:35 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A Nyeri court sentenced a teenager to 19 years in prison for defiling a 12-year-old girl.

John Maina Meja, 18, who was 17 when he committed the crime in July 2013, was said to have threatened the victim with a panga before defiling her.

He was arrested on July 4, 2013 in Kiawaithanji village Nyeri County after villagers alerted the police of the incident and has been in remand since then.

The victim told the court in a private session that she and her cousin were out collecting firewood when the convict approached them claiming that the piece of land on which they were collecting firewood was his.

The convict asked who had given them permission to collect firewood there and threatened to beat them up.

The victim and her cousin added that they asked for forgiveness from the accused but he declined.

He instead asked the girls to direct him to their home so that he can resolve the matter with their parents.

On their way, the accused asked the victim whether she had a boyfriend and she said no. He then asked her if she would show him "something that cannot be seen", a request the girl declined.

The court further heard that the accused stopped the girls in a bush and told them to undress and lie on top of each other.

They narrated that the cousin excused herself to collect one of her shoes that had been left behind, but she escaped.

The boy then defiled the girl who was left behind threatening to kill her if she attempted to scream.

A doctor who examined the girl told the court that she was found to have contracted a sexually transmitted disease and that her hymen was broken.

Addressing the court before the sentence, the young man pleaded for leniency adding that he was only 18-years-old.

Senior Resident Magistrate Christine Wekesa however pointed out that the accused should have informed the court of his age at the beginning of the case, and sentenced him to 19 years imprisonment saying she had considered the year he had spent in remand.

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