Man sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling 11-year-old niece

After being found guilty of defiling a kid, a Kenyan man was given a life sentence.

Man sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling 11-year-old niece

After being positively recognised in court by the 11-year-old victim—who also happens to be his niece—Lameck Ochieng received his punishment.

On December 13, 2020, he allegedly carried out the terrible act in the Kameji area of the Rongo sub-county. Ochieng defiled his niece after luring her to a nearby corn farm. The young girl was threatened, and he warned her not to tell anyone about what happened.

The youngster was in so much distress that he was compelled to admit what had transpired. The local assistant chief was subsequently informed by her mother of the incident.

The matter was reported to the police and medical examination revealed that the girl was defiled. Rongo principal magistrate Raymond Lang’at who strongly condemned the accused over the incident, noted that he’s been identified by five witnesses. He said the accused should have been the father figure and guardian of the minor considering that her father had died.

Lang’at said; 

“Having considered the nature and circumstances of the offence, and the time the accused person has spent in prison and his mitigation, what is in record is that the accused person is the uncle of the complainant.

“Considering all those and the penalty prescribed under the sexual offence acts, and to be an example to the would-be offenders and being that this is an offence that is rampant in this area, and there is need for deterrent, I sentence the accused to life imprisonment.”

In his defence, Ochieng begged the court for a lenient sentence noting that he had a young family to take care of. Justice Lang’at, however, dismissed his plea noting that the offence was grave and deserved no mercy.

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