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Date of horror: Umoja teenager defiled by boyfriend and his friend

By Joseph Ndunda January 26th, 2024 2 min read

Two men are staring at the possibility of getting life imprisonment after they were charged with gang defilement of a 17–year–old girl in Umoja estate, Nairobi.

They are Kennedy Kangethe and Kelvin Kimani alias Salim, who are accused of jointly defiling JWL at Kangethe’s rental house on December 21, last year.

The two are separately charged with a separate count of committing an indecent act with the minor, where they are each accused of touching her genitals on the same date.

JWL had gone to visit Kangethe, who is her boyfriend and found him in Kimani’s company.

Kangethe left the house to go out and buy food, leaving his friend and his girlfriend together in the house.

It is alleged that immediately after Kangethe left the house, Kimani started making sexual advances to the minor, but she turned him down.

Kimani is then said to have taken a knife and threatened her if she did not comply and allegedly started defiling her. He locked the house and allegedly forced the minor to undress.

Kangethe returned later and found his friend defiling the minor and was given the key to the house where he opened, entered and allegedly joined his friend in defiling his girlfriend.

JWL escaped after the two left the house and proceeded to a hospital where she was examined, treated and directed to report the incident to a nearby police station.

She did not inform her parents what had happened to her. The parents noticed that JWL was depressed and tried to find out what had happened to her, but she was hesitant.

The minor later this month disclosed to her mother what had happened to her, and the parents reported the incident to police. Kangethe was traced and arrested after JWL identified him.

Police established that Kimani who is a student, was already in remand at the Nairobi Area Remand and Allocation Prison in Industrial Area, where he was in custody after being charged with theft.

The duo denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku of the Makadara Law Courts and pleaded for lenient bail and bond terms through lawyer Mercy Mumbu.

Ms Mumbu told the court that Kangethe is a student at the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) while Kamau is the father of a young child who is solely dependent on him.

They were released on a bond of Sh 300,000 each and an alternative cash bail of Sh200, 000.

The case will be mentioned on March 20 before the hearing starts on June 17, 2024.