Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Wajir Court sentences three to over 100 years

Via the Daily Nation
By Shekhey Ahmed
A man was Tuesday jailed for a record 100 years for defiling a 10-year-old girl.
Abdub Kalicha defiled the minor on a farm in Wajir West District.
Two other men, Mahat M. Olow and Omar Abdi, will serve 50 years and 20 years respectively for rape.
Testifying in court, the victim’s mother narrated how Kalicha, afarmhand, threatened to kill her daughter if she reported the matter.
“I noticed a sudden change in my daughter’s behaviour, the witness said. “She was withdrawn, moody and appeared depressed. I felt there was something wrong with her.”
She told the court that that it was only after she caned the girl several times that she agreed to reveal the ordeal that the farmhand had subjected her to.
The court also heard that Olow, 38, defiled a 15-year-old girl in Lagboqol Division, Wajir South District, on July 21 last year. The minor was in the company of her younger sister looking after their animals when she was attacked.
The same court was told that 42-year-old Abdi from Jogoo village in Wajir West District attempted to defile his 15-year-old step-daughter, subjecting her to indecent acts.
The incident led to his separation with his wife.
Wajir magistrate Linus Kasan said the sentences would serve as a deterrent to those who may contemplate defiling helpless minors.
According to Mr Kasan, 34 cases of rape and defilement had been brought to his attention but the court handed down sentences in only four.
The other 30 cases, he said, had witness problems and were facing interference by elders who wanted to resolve the cases through the traditional system.
Nominated county representative Fatuma Yussuf welcomed the court’s verdict. She said this would go a long way in reducing cases of rape and defilement in Wajir. “There are crimes that can be solved through the traditional Maslah system but rape is not one of them,” she said.

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