Kenyan jailed for life after raping daughter

December 19, 2009 12:00 am

, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Dec 19 – A 31-year-old man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a Nyahururu court found him guilty of defiling his own daughter, aged two and a half years.

The court heard that on the dawn of May 25, 2008, John Kamau Gatogo sneaked out of his bed as his wife slept and went to the baby’s cot, where he committed the heinous act.

The accused also faced an alternative count of indecently assaulting the minor by touching her private parts. The incident took place at Gikingi village in Laikipia West district.

Reviewing the evidence adduced by five witnesses, Nyahururu resident magistrate Caroline Obara said the baby’s mother was woken up by her daughter’s cries and went to see what was wrong.

She told that court that she found her husband dressing up quickly. He then took his bodaboda and left for work but returned home at about 11 am, where he denied doing anything bad to his daughter.

The mother saw that her little girl was bleeding profusely and rushed her to the Nyahururu District Hospital for treatment, where she was admitted for one and a half weeks.

She also reported the case at the Ngomongo Administration Police camp and the accused was later arrested and then charged with the offence.

As an exhibit, the court prosecutor Paul Omweri produced a small blanket, a dress and panties with blood stains, as evidence in the case. Doctor Charles Muisyo Ngengi of Nyahururu District Hospital also testified and produced a P3 form as evidence.

The court heard that the couple married in January 2006 when the child was four months old.

Delivering the judgment, the magistrate said that the offence committed was serious and the law is very clear on the sentence to be imposed.

And in same court, a herdsman was jailed for six years for committing an unnatural offence by having “sex” with a cow.

Michael Waithaka Ndereba pleaded guilty to the offence of having carnal knowledge of his employer’s cow, when he appeared before Nyahururu Resident Magistrate, Caroline Obara.

The court prosecutor Paul Omweri said that the complainant’s wife Alice Wanjiku went to her cow shed and found the accused mounting the cow.

She raised alarm and the accused attempted to run away, but was arrested by members of the public and taken to the Oljoro Orok police station.

The offence was committed at Busara village in Nyandarua Central district on December 15.

The cow was examined by veterinary Doctor Lawrence Mureithi of Gatimu division, whom in his report he said that the cow was lactating.

Although the accused person had no previous criminal records, the magistrate said the offence carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. The accused was however given 14 days to make an appeal.


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