, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Sep 25 – A twenty five year-old man has been handed a 25-year jail sentence by a Nyahururu court for defiling and impregnating a 13-year-old girl.
Hosea Mwiko Githinji who was donning a religious white turban wept uncontrollably as he pleaded with the court to forgive him saying he was the sole breadwinner of his family and that they would suffer if he was jailed.
But Principal Magistrate Teresiah Matheka said the accused had destroyed the life of a thirteen-year-old and ought to have thought of his responsibilities before he committed the offence.
Earlier, during the hearing of the case, the court had to order a re-take of blood samples for DNA testing after it was proven that the initial ones presented in the court had been tampered with.
The first results showed the 13-year-old girl was the mother of the two-year-old infant but the accompanying sample belonged to a woman and not Mr Mwiko\’s, raising suspicion of foul play.
The court ordered that fresh blood samples be taken and a fresh DNA examination be done during which a government analysts personally extracted the blood samples from the parties.
Mr Mwiko who was out on a bond of Sh100,000 with a surety of the same amount had denied that he lured the girl to Geta forest after spending the day in church worshipping on August 10, 2008, at Makumbi village in Nyandarua County.
The girl accepted to accompany him to the forest where she was raped but the accused later fled on hearing footsteps of other worshippers going home. Later, the victim\’s grandmother discovered the girl was pregnant and demanded an explanation.
The prosecution led by Inspector Fredrick Makapila observed that the child borne out of the crime would always serve as a lifelong reminder of the rape, noting that the accused should fully bear the brunt of his actions and called for a stiff sentence to act as a deterrent.
In his defence, Mr Mwiko claimed the victim\’s family had fabricated the charges and that the witnesses who testified against him had lied adding that the victim\’s family was using the courts to settle a score.
The court also declared the accused a dangerous sex pest and that he shall remain under surveillance even upon his release.
However, the court declined to comment on the mix-up of the blood samples which has in other cases helped suspects accused of sexually assaulting young children and women to walk away scot-free.