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Mumias court orders probe into defilement claim

Saturday July 04 2020
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A rape victim. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By SHABAN MAKOKHA

A court in Mumias has ordered the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate a case where a police officer in Matungu is accused of defiling and impregnating a Form Four student.

Senior Principal Magistrate Teresa Odera said police may be biased if they investigate their colleague. 

"It is prudent that the DCI takes up the matter for proper investigations," Ms Odera said.

The case was filed by Torch Africa, a civil society organisation based in western Kenya.

On Friday, Torch Africa Managing Director Barasa Kundu asked the court to offer protection to the victim and her newborn baby. They claimed the victim has been receiving threats from people associated with the accused.

The magistrate directed the police to ensure the girl is taken to a secure location.

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Mr Ibrahim Peter, a police officer representing the accused, asked the court to allow for age assessment of the girl to determine her real age.

But Mr Barasa dismissed the application saying the case did not intend to prove parentage or marriage but defilement.

“The fact that the victim was a school going girl, it is against the law for the officer to lure her into sex. The court should not allow this application," Mr Barasa said.

The case will be heard on July 15.

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