A prime suspect in the rape of a 13-year-old girl in Homa Bay town was on Tuesday taken to Kisumu for a DNA test.
This comes as police narrow down their investigations to find those behind the attack and gang rape of the class 8 girl in Shauri Yako estate.
On Tuesday, Pius Otieno was escorted to a Kisumu government chemist under tight police security.
He is set to undergo several tests to establish if he was part of the rape of the minor which happened on the night of January 3.
Otieno, 23, was arrested within Shauri Yako last Saturday after police got a tip-off from the public.
County Police Commander Marius Tum and DCI boss Daniel Wachira said the suspect was overheard bragging about the incident.
Tum said body tissue samples of the suspect would be taken and compared with the ones previously taken from the minor to determine any connection.
“The minor had her samples taken from the county referral hospital when she was admitted last week. The two samples will be compared at the government chemist,” the police boss said.
The minor was raped and her genital parts sliced with a razor blade after being blindfolded.
The girl was on her way to the toilet at around 10 pm when she was raped.
Tum said eight suspects who had previously been arrested in connection with the incident were freed.
This was after it was established that they had no connection with the rape of the minor.
“They will be reporting to the station at the OCS office until investigations are complete,” Tum said.
On Monday, DCI officials secured a court order from Homa Bay Principal Magistrate Ruth Maloba.
The order granted police seven days to continue holding the suspect in custody pending the conclusion of investigations.
“We don’t have eyewitnesses in the matter and therefore the success or failure of the case shall depend solely on forensic observation and analysis,” the court order read.
The DCI boss said they will interrogate the suspect to find out his accomplices.
“The girl said two men attacked and raped her while others watched. We want to know all of them,” Wachira said.
The minor was on Thursday last week transferred to Nairobi Women Hospital following the intervention of Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga.
She is scheduled to undergo a reconstructive surgery which could not be performed by doctors in Homa Bay.