31 janvier 2023

Kenya: A man was sentenced to life in jail for defiling a 9-year-old girl and marrying her

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Narok senior resident magistrate Phyllis Shinyanda condemned Saigulu Ololosereka, 50, to life imprisonment on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to defiling and marrying a nine-year-old girl in 2019. Ololosereka arrived in front of Shinyanda and was charged with defiling a ten-year-old girl and marrying her.

"The last three years must have been the most harrowing years for the victim," Shinyanda wrote in her decision.

"He just pleaded for forgiveness and reinstatement, claiming that he did not kidnap the girl by force but that her parents had given her to him for marriage, implying that he feels entitled to have the girl as his wife," she continued.

The court remarked that the accused exhibited no remorse after being cautioned about the gravity of the conduct.

Shinyanda also mentioned that she took into account the girl's age, who had undergone Female Genital Mutilation before being married off and afterwards had a caesarian section upon delivering birth.

The suspect received a life sentence for the first offense of defilement and a three-year term for the second offence of early marriage, both of which he will serve consecutively.

Given the gravity of the violation, state counsel prosecutor Tito Wanga expressed pleasure with the verdict.

However, the perpetrator was given 14 days to appeal the conviction to a higher court.

 

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