A middle-aged man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for defiling his 13-year-old stepdaughter in Shanzu, Mombasa county.
Mark Ikwara was found guilty of the offence after his stepdaughter testified before Shanzu Senior resident magistrate, David Odhiambo.
“It was her testimony that the accused would come to where she was sleeping after her mother had left at 6 am and start touching her all over her body before defiling her and later threaten to kill her if she reports to her mother,” Odhiambo said.
According to the minor her stepfather repeatedly defiled her on several occasions whenever her mother left home for work.
The court was further informed that a senior medical doctor had confirmed that the minor had been defiled repeatedly
Due to the minor’s heart-wrenching testimonies the magistrate noted that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had committed the offence since the complainant’s testimony was consistent and confident.
“I have considered the defence by the accused and find that his defence consisted of mere denials and we’re therefore a sham, his defence dwelt on the grudges he had with the complainant’s mother,” Odhiambo said.
The accused had been charged, with the offence of defilement contrary to section 8 (1) as read with section 8 (2) of the sexual offences Act 2006.