The Kenyan identified as Kariuki, who was arrested in December 2019, was accused of raping a 79-year-old patient at Brookdale Senior Living on Berkshire Road where he worked as a caretaker.
“The Johnston County District Attorney’s Office is pleased with the verdict and the sentence imposed. We hope that this helps restore some measure of dignity to this incredible lady whose life was full of such tremendous love. Our office also hopes the victim’s family members find a measure of justice in this outcome,” said Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Slavin.
The jury found Kariuki guilty of first-degree forcible rape. Kariuki was a caretaker at the facility when the crime occurred. Around 2:55am on the morning of the incident, police were called to Brooksdale Senior Living by another employee. A supervisor detained the suspect until police officers arrived.
With cooperation of the Brookdale staff, and after conferring with the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office, police arrested Kariuki, 47, of Clayton.
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