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Man charged with kidnap after luring neighbour’s daughter, 14, to his house

By Joseph Ndunda September 8th, 2022 1 min read

A man who lured his neighbour’s 14-year-old daughter to Nairobi from Kitui and allegedly cohabited with her is facing charges of kidnap contrary to Section 255 as read with Section 257 of the penal code.

Alex Wambua was charged alongside his housemate Sammy Mwania with kidnapping the minor in Dagoretti, Nairobi County between September 4 and 6.

The two were charged at the Kibera Law Courts with jointly and intentionally kidnapping the minor from her lawful guardianship. The two are also facing an alternative count of wrongful confinement contrary to section 263 of the penal code where they are jointly accused of wrongfully confining the minor in their house during the same period.

Wambua allegedly started calling the minor a few months ago and established a relationship with her after he asked her to be his girlfriend. He later reportedly requested the minor to visit him in Nairobi.

The minor ran away from home after losing her phone and informed Wambua that she had decided to come to his residence in Nairobi and he allegedly sent her bus fare. The minor used a matatu driver’s phone to call him.

Upon the minor’s arrival in Nairobi, the accused her up and took her to his house in Dagoretti. The minor’s parents sought the number that had previously made frequent calls to her number and established it was Wambua’s.

They reported incident at Kabete Police Station and the police traced the number leading to the arrest of Wambua and Mwania at their house where they were cohabiting with the minor and another woman.

Police investigations established that the minor had not been defiled. The two suspects denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Monica Maroro who granted them a bond of Sh500,000 without the option of a cash bail.