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

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

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

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