85 year-old man gets life sentence for defiling a minor in Nakurua County, Kenya

Nakuru CountyEIGHTY five year old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia by a Nakuru children’s court for defilement.

Senior resident Magistrate Judicaster Nthuku sentenced Joseph Kamau Githu to life imprisonment for defilement and 25 years indecent act with two minors.

Githu, who failed to turn up yesterday for the ruling, was said to have evaded the court since January when the case first came for ruling with the police unable to trace him.

Githu was alleged to have defiled the two girls on March 3 2011 at Jumatatu farm in Subukia.

The minors told the court that day they were playing outside the old man house when he called them to his house to fetch water.

When they got to his house the man started undressing them and touching their private parts before defiling the 9 year-old girl.

The doctor told the court that on examining the two minors, she concluded the girl aged 9 years old had been defiled.

On the day the mother of the two minors Elshifa Wangui told court she had gone to work at a farm in the morning and left the two girls at home.

When she returned in the afternoon, she found the two girls sleeping and only learnt later that they had been defiled.

Wangui added that after finding out the two children had been defiled she went to the police station where she reported before taking the two to the hospital.

While giving her ruling, Nthuku noted that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Githu defiled the nine year old girl and indecently touched her 5 year-old sister.

She dismissed claims by the accused that the mother of the two minors wanted to extort money from him by fixing the case on him.

He directed the accused to serve both sentences concurrently after she found him guilty on both counts.

Nthuku also directed the police to effect the warrant of arrest which was issued three weeks ago when Githu absconded court.

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