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Woman implicated in gang-rape of mentally challenged girl

13 August 2015, 10:36 Steven Njuguna

Nyahururu - A Nyahururu court on Wednesday ordered that a woman who helped two brothers to lure a 24-year-old woman to a house where they gang-raped be charged with sexual assault.

Resident Magistrate Alice Mukenga ordered the prosecution to consolidate Tabitha Muthoni Biket’s case with three other cases facing two brothers who gang-raped the mentally and physically challenged woman.

The court heard that Muthoni, who was used by Edmund Kuria Ng’era and his younger brother Robert Ichungu Ng’era to waylay the woman, had been charged before the court and that there was need to merge the cases.

They are accused of gang raping the mentally challenged woman on March 8 at an abandoned house at Juakali estate in Olkalau town, before leaving her for the dead.

They were also faced with an alternative charge of touching the woman's private parts without her consent.

On March 8, the court was told that the Ng’era’s gave Muthoni KES 50 to woo her into an abandoned house where they committed the offence.

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Muthoni later helped identify the two after she was arrested following a tip from members of the public that she had connived with the two in committing the offence.

She however denied the charges and was released on bond.

Maryconcepter Nzakuva of the Coalition on Violence against Women (COVAW) told the press that the victim, who was in a coma for weeks after the ordeal, has since developed convulsions and hoped that justice will be served.

“We are monitoring the proceedings to ensure that she is served with justice and the culprits brought to book. The accused persons are from influential families in Olkalau town and seem to be intimidating the police on the matter as they are out on bond,” said Nzakuva.

Nzakavu said that COVAW has been offering psychological support to the victim to help her overcome the trauma.

The two had been released after their relatives stood surety of KES 400 000, a move that annoyed the complainant's family and the disabled association she belongs to.

The accused persons also faced other charges of being in possession of bhang that was found hidden in a salon they own at the time of their arrest.

The case was postponed until September 29.

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