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Woman jailed for helping with abortion

04 April 2013, 15:30 Wangui Joseph

A woman who had been charged with an offence of killing an unborn child by assisting another woman procure abortion has being sentenced for 10 years in jail by a Mukurweini court.

Rose Wachuka Kibe was charged that on June 11 last year at Ichamara sub-location in Mukurweini District, she unlawfully inserted a white pipe into the private parts of Kesiah Njoki Karanja.

Kesiah was seven months pregnant and they were intending to prevent a baby from being born alive, according to the charge sheet.

In her first appearance in court, Wachuka denied the charges prompting the prosecutor to adduce seven witnesses to affirm the accusations.

Under cross examination, Kesiah, 39, informed court that she had decided to abort since she had five other children and was not in good position to provide them with proper care.

She sought assistance from a person she named Sophia Mwihaki who said she knew an expert who could assist her procure an abortion.

The ‘doctor’ (Wachuka) came and demanded to be sought with KES 4 500 before offering her services.

They went to a private place in a coffee plantation where they committed the offence secretly.  

She inserted a pipe into Kesiah’s private parts and instructed her to go home and relax with an assurance that the pregnancy would be terminated within two days.

At home, her health condition deteriorated, she cried of pain and was rushed to Mukurwe-ini Hospital in critical condition.

She was admitted and later delivered a still baby, the court heard from the Hospital’s Clinical Officer.

The accused was later arrested under a police track at Gatitu area in Nyeri.

She told court that she knew nothing about the case.

Wachuka further said that she would call her two sisters as witnesses to assist her in denouncing the charges but they failed to turn up in court.

However, the Senior Principal Magistrate Wendy Micheni Kagendo said there was adequate evidence to confirm the indictment and that the court was persuaded beyond reasonable doubt that Wachuka commited the offence.

While issuing the ruling, the magistrate further stated that there are many cases of abortion and killing of babies in the area and a deterrent is well needed.

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