Kenyan pastor beats, seriously injures son over KES 10 disappearance
31 May 2016, 17:07
Nairobi - A Kenyan pastor has been arrested after seriously beating and injuring his 11 year old son over the alleged disappearance of KES 10 from the offering basket.
According to The Standard, the cleric from Homa Bay County in Western Kenya was taken to court after he allegedly assaulted his 11-year-old son after accusing him of stealing the KES 10.
The report states that Pastor Vincent Odhiambo is said to have kept the money, which was part of the day’s offering, in his house and that the 30-year-old preacher committed the offence at his Kojwang’ village in Ndhiwa Sub-county on May 19, 2016 after discovering that it was missing.
The court was told that Odhiambo pounced on his son with blows and kicks, injuring him in the process.
He denied the charges and was remanded after failing to raise the required KES 100,000 bail.
Incidences of violence against children have rocketed in Kenya in recent years.
K24 reported Monday that a woman was charged with killing an eight month old infant in Kenya's capital city Nairobi. 20 year old Regina Wambui was accused of strangling baby Stephanie Nzisa to death in the city's Umoja estate.
An autopsy stated that the baby had fatal injuries to the front and back of the head which caused bleeding to the brain, in addition to injuries on the cheeks.
A report released by UNICEF indicates that violence against children is a serious problem in Kenya. Levels of violence prior to age 18 show that during childhood, 32% of females and 18% of males experience sexual violence, 66% of females and 73% of males experienced physical violence and 26% of females and 32% of males experience any violence as a child. 13% of females and 9% of males experienced all three types of violence during childhood.