Mum shocks court with rare request in defilement case
A woman shocked a Molo court on Tuesday when she intervened in a defilement case involving her underage daughter by requesting that the suspect be allowed to marry the victim.
The suspect was charged with defiling a 17 year-old girl on August 13.
The accused had pleaded not guilty to the offense.
However, the mother of the victim said she wanted the man to marry her daughter once she completes her primary school next year.
“I want her to get married next year after she sits for her class eight exams,” the mother told the court.
The court heard that the woman had refused to bring the child to testify.
However, chief magistrate Samuel Wahome said the mother was tampering with the case as she had on several occasions refused to bring the child to court to testify in the case.
He ruled that the suspect be detained until the defendant is brought to court by the mother.
The case will be heard on August 22.
In the same court, a 40 year-old man was charged with defiling a 16 year-old girl on diverse dates between August 8 and August 11.
The accused pleaded guilty to the offense saying he did not know the girl was underage. He said he wanted to marry the girl.
“When we met at a polling station during the election, in Rongai constituency she told me she was 21 years old,” he said.
READY TO MARRY
Mr Wainaina told the court that he was ready to marry the girl and had planned to court her and even pay her dowry.
However, the chief magistrate rubbished the claims saying the girl had not attained the age that would make her fit for marriage.
The accused was granted a bond of Sh 200,000 with a surety of a similar amount.