Police locked up over minor's rape in cell

Friday October 6 2017

Police officer Laban Njogu, accused of defiling

Police officer Laban Njogu, accused of defiling a minor in a cell appears in a Murang'a court on October 6, 2017. PHOTO | NDUNGU GACHANE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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An officer accused of defiling a 13-year-old girl in a cell at Murang'a police station has been arrested and taken to court.

Mr Laban Maina Njogu is accused of defiling the minor on September 30.

He did not take plea after the prosecution asked for more time to conclude investigations.

His application to be released on bond was rejected after the prosecution argued that the investigations had not been concluded and that he is likely to interfere with the case as he is a police officer.

Chief Magistrate Margaret Wachira directed that the suspect be remanded at Maragua police station until October 10.

The police officer was taken to court shortly after his arrest.

The Federation of Women Lawyers have taken up the matter and vowed to ensure the minor gets justice.

The incident would have remained unknown to the world but for an inmate — who had himself been locked up for obstructing police on duty — who witnessed the officer clean himself up and throw the condom on the roof. When the inmate was released, he wrote of his disgust on social media, posting a video of the officer on Facebook.