Man who defiled his step-daughter sentenced to 21 years
A 30 year old man has been jailed for 21 years by a Nakuru Court for defiling his teenage step-daughter.
The Principal Magistrate, Liz Gicheha noted in her judgment that the prosecution had tendered a watertight case against Peter Mbugua Njenga who was not represented.
Njenga who appeared composed as the judgment was being delivered reportedly committed the offence on March 30th this year at Munanda Village, within Gilgil Sub County.
It was the prosecution’s evidence that though the minor had on several times complained to her mother, the latter had reprimanded and ignored her.
“It is on record that the complainant’s mother dismissed her as having deliberately become her step father’s wife. Corroborated evidence confirms that the minor was sexually assaulted on two separate occasions” noted the Court.
However in her evidence in chief, the minor’s mother (name withheld) had testified that she was kicked out of her matrimonial home when she raised the issue with her husband.
She informed the court that on her return her son informed her that his father was sexually assaulting the 13 year old girl.
Ms. Gicheha stated that the prosecution had tendered a water tight case by parading reliable and consistent witnesses.
The prosecution, she said had proved the case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt.
“Evidence produced in this case confirms that the accused indeed defiled his step daughter. The act is both violent and inhuman. It is clear that he betrayed the trust bestowed upon him by his step daughter,” observed the magistrate.
The accused was arrested after the local community policing chairperson, George Ngure took up the matter and reported to Officer Commanding Elementaita Police Station who moved and arrested the Njenga.
The court informed Njenga of his right to appeal within fourteen days.
By Anne Mwale