Sexual violence noted to be high in Nakuru County
A 68-year-old member of the Akorino sect who is also a village elder has been charged before a Nakuru court with defiling a 14 year-old girl.
Elijah Mburu is said to have defiled the girl who sort refuge in his house after she lost money she had been given by her mother to buy food in Njoro, Nakuru County.
Mburu was charged that on August 31 at his house in Mukungugu area within Njoro sub-county he repeatedly defiled the minor, charges he denied.
Girls remain vulnerable to sex predators even as many laws and policies have been put in place to protect them. Research indicates that defilement and incest, which are the forms of sexual violence against girls are often perpetrated by people well known to the survivors and those whom they have developed a level of trust. According to Ministry of Health data Njoro has highest number of teenage pregnancies with 1,221 resulting from early marriages or defilement.
Mburu faced a second count where he is accused of indecently touching the minor’s private parts without consent. Medical report presented in court showed the minor had been defiled.
According to the charge sheet, the minor had been sent by her mother to buy food for lunch at Mau-Narok market in Njoro around 1 pm but failed to return home after losing the money on her way.
With fears of being punished by the mother, the minor overstayed at the market and opted to go to the accused person’s house.
The court heard that the accused, a father of seven, took advantage of the minor sleeping in his home by repeatedly defiling her and threatening her with dire consequences should the matter be reported.
Mburu who appeared before principal magistrate Joe Omido was arrested by police officers in his home after his wife together with one of the sons reported the matter at Mau-Narok Police Station.
In his mitigation, he accused the minor of giving false information in a bid to malign his name and reputation urging the court to release him on a personal bond.
“These accusations and charges in court are misleading. The minor gave false information even after I hosted her in my house for one night,” said Mburu. He was released on KSh100,000 bond pending hearing of his case.
The same court ordered a 36-year-old man facing sodomy charges to be taken for a medical examination at the Provisional General Hospital after he was subjected to mob justice before his arrest.
Benson Omungala who appeared before Principal Magistrate Joe Omido failed to take plea after he appeared severely beaten with fresh wounds all over his body and with a swollen face forcing the court to defer the plea on grounds he may not be fit to stand trial.
The magistrate directed the police to take the accused person for further medical examination to ascertain whether he can be allowed to take plea.
“The court cannot proceed with the accused person in his condition as per now, I hereby direct that the plea be deferred to Thursday to allow the accused to be treated and his wounds dressed before he can stand trial,” said Omido.
Omungala sat at the dock as the charges were read that at his house in Bondeni area within Nakuru County he forcefully sodomized an eight-year old boy who was also his neighbour.
The charge sheet indicated that the accused person took advantage of being a well-known person to the minor by requesting him to accompany him to his house telling him how he had ‘nice physique’ before committing the offence.
He was caught in the act by one of the neighbours who heard screams from the minor originating from his house forcing him to break the door and call out for help from other neighbours.
The accused person was rescued from the hands of irate neighbours by police officers on Monday. The neighbours roughed him up before frog matching him to the trading centre where they threatened to lynch him and burn down his house.
Cases of sodomy have been on the rise in the past few months after a number of reports were made at police station that guardians, close family friends and neighbours were sodomising young boys.