I didn’t know my sweet lover was a Class 7 pupil, woman tells court
A 24-year-old woman stunned a Kisumu court on Wednesday after she admitted to defiling a minor during a steamy love affair with a Class Seven pupil.
Mrs Judith Wandera amazed the packed court by claiming that she thought she had finally found ‘love’ during the four-month affair.
Dressed in a white laced sleeveless blouse and a red skirt, her partially red eyes revealed the mixture of sadness and remorse-fullness stirring in her heart.
She narrated to Principal Magistrate Joan Wambilyanga how she met her dreadlocked lover in April 2016 at a pub and couldn’t tell, from his physique, that he was still in primary school.
The boy had told her that he is a boda boda operator. He was also fond of abusing drugs, she said.
“We met in April 2016 on one evening at a drinking joint in Kondele. He even offered to buy me drinks and settle the bill before we exchanged phone contacts and started dating,” she told the court.
She acknowledged that her lover now looks younger, having shaved off his dreadlocks.
“The boy had dreadlocks when we met, but after being taken to juvenile prison, and he has shaven, I was surprised to see how young he looked when he came to testify,” she said.
According to the testimonies of the boy’s parents, their son was a Standard 7 pupil at Manyatta Arabs primary school but stopped attending school after meeting Ms Wandera.
The parents also stated that they reported the matter to the police following reports that their son had already moved in with her.
In her defense, Ms Wandera said that she started living with the boy after he claimed that his parents had thrown him out because he was not hardworking.
Prosecutor Nyakundi Mukaya told the court that the two stayed together for at least four months.
After the arrest of Ms Wandera on July 2016, the boy was taken to a juvenile correctional facility before being returned to his parents.
“The judgement is not ready yet. It will be delivered on May 23,” said the principal magistrate.