Police officer charged with defilement of minor in cells
A police officer attached to Gatundu South police station was on Tuesday arraigned before a Gatundu court charged with defiling a minor.
Paul Rotich was accused of allegedly defiling a minor who had been detained at the police cells.
The accused did not take plea as the prosecution requested for five more days to conclude investigations which was contested by the Children’s Department.
Resident Magistrate Caroline Makali ordered that the matter be mentioned on Wednesday to determine whether or not to allow the investigating officers more time to conclude their investigations.
The minor had reportedly been taken to the station in the company of her 14-year-old male cousin by their parents on claims that they were undisciplined.
According to the area Children’s Officer Gabriel Kitili, the girl was yet to receive any medication following the incident.
“At the hospital, she underwent some tests but did not get any medication. I have directed the officers and the parents of the girl to take her back to the hospital for post exposure treatment before the lapse of 72 hours,” said Mr Kitili.
The hospital had alleged that the officers responsible for giving medicine to such victims had closed for the weekend.
While terming the incident as very unfortunate, Kitili pointed out that the parents should have reported the matter to his office instead of the police station.
“The parents of the two minors had booked them at the station as a way of disciplining them, a decision they have since regretted,” he said.