Farmhand gets life for rape, infecting girl, 8, with HIV
Magistrate says the rapist has ruined the child’s life. The farmhand knew he would infect her because he knew he had the virus, he says
A court in Eldoret has sentenced a man to life for defiling an eight-year-old girl and infecting her with HIV.
Principal magistrate Charles Obulutsa handed the sentence to Jackson Nangiro, 39, saying it was the stringent punishment provided in the law for those who commit such an offence.
“You knew that you were HIV-positive and there was a possibility that you would infect the girl and ruin her life,” Obulutsa said.
“The prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence.”
Nangiro was accused of defiling the girl on January 3 in Vumilia ‘A’ village, Eldoret West.
The accused and a suspected accomplice had been released on Sh100,000 bond.
The second accused was acquitted for lack of evidence.
Obulutsa said Nangiro was clearly identified by the victim because he worked at her home as a farmhand.
A witness also found Nangiro in bed with the girl and alerted neighbours.
After the incident, the girl’s mother noticed her daughter bleeding profusely and had difficulty in walking. She was rushed to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for treatment.
The doctor’s report indicated that the girl had been defiled.
Nangiro had pleaded with the court for leniency, saying his wife had died a few years back and he is his family’s sole breadwinner.
“Your mitigation has been considered, but your actions ruined the life of the girl and, hence, you do not deserve the leniency,” Obulutsa said.
The ruling came as the government said the Rift Valley region is recording a very high number of cases of defilement of children and early pregnancies.
Uasin Gishu county commissioner Abdi Hassan says many cases are resolved through illegal kangaroo courts or agreements, leaving the victims to suffer while suspects avoid justice.
He says the communities must ensure perpetrators face the law.
THE LAW PROVIDES TOUGH PENALTIES FOR THOSE WHO DEFILE CHILDREN, THE MAGISTRATE SAYS