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Kitale woman jailed for having sex with 17-year-old


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A 26-year-old woman was on Tuesday sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by a Kitale law court for defiling a 17-year-old minor.

Jane Gichuhi was accused of intentionally defiling a 17-year-old Form 3 student on diverse dates between April 26, 2015 and May 11, 2015 at Machinjoni area in Trans Nzoia County.

The court’s decision followed a case in which the minor was the complainant.

According to the student, Jane lured him into sex in her bed on April 29, 2015 when he visited her home.

He was on school holiday after First Term, he told Kitale Resident Magistrate Grace Sitati.

From there, they engaged in sexual intercourse in his lion or her home.

Not once. Many times, he said.

But while Jane was happy with her side dish and new-found ‘love’, neighbours took issue with the illicit affair.

They reported her to the minor’s mother who in turn informed the police.

The love affair and Jane’s trysts came to an abrupt end when she was arrested and dragged to court.

In her defence, the woman pleaded with the court for leniency, saying she had a family and a young child.

She also said she was sickly and the sole bread winner for her family, adding that she had a lot of business debts to settle.

However, Ms Sitati found that the prosecution proved beyond doubt that the accused had sex with a minor against the Sexual Offences law .

“Mitigation is considered, however, in view of the limitation in sentencing under section 8 (4) sexual offence Act is that I must follow the law,” ruled Ms Sitati.

“Doing the best I can I do is to sentence the accused to 15 years imprisonment.”

Jane, whose photos the magistrate stopped journalists from taking, has 14 days to appeal.


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