A 22-year-old man has sentenced to 40-year in jail for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old child in the bush, when going back home from neighbor's house at the evening.
Barasa was found guilty by Kakamega Resident Magistrate Caroline Cheruiyot and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
“Even if the offender begs for forgiveness, there is no guarantee that he will not repeat the same offense to the child or other children not related to him by blood if given a second chance,” Cheruiyot said.
She added: “Considering the seriousness of the offence, the accused mitigation, the pre-sentence report and victim impact statement, the accused is hereby convicted of incest and sentenced to serve a 40-year jail term running from the date of his arrest.”
Barasa was charged with incest as well as committing an indecent act with a child. He is accused of committing the crime in January, in Kakamega county.
The child testified that her grandmother had sent her to a neighbor to bring a Sufuria and that on her way back, the man called her and pretended he wanted to send her.
While addressing the media, the victim's mother said her daughter was lucky to be alive after she was found by passersby.
She said that the teenager was on her way back home after returning neighbor's Sufuria in a nearby village when she was attacked.
“Their meeting place was next to a forest that divides the two villages. My neighbor told us that he saw the suspect who was following her, and he even approached the two of them. The attacker asked her to leave, but she refused.
Apparently, the suspect then left to relieve himself and pretended he was on the phone. They thought he had left, but he was hiding in the forest and waiting for my niece,” she said.
He said that the also threatened to kill the child if she told anyone about what had happened.
According to an affidavit signed by the child’s grandmother, the child returned crying, saying her uncle had defiled her.
After noticing that she couldn’t walk properly, she had the child taken to a nearby hospital.
Clinical officer Phillip Okapesi confirmed that indeed the girl had been sexually assaulted.
Barasa, who lived on the same homestead as the child but in different houses, was arrested and arraigned in court in January, where he was positively identified by the victim.
The accused, however, denied the charges, saying on the specified date, he had gone fishing with five of his friends and had only returned in the evening. The victim urged the court not to release Barasa due to security concerns in a pre-bail report.
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