A 71-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing and aborting his 15-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison.
Tamu’s senior magistrate, Everlene Enzere, said the offense committed by the elder deserved the harshest punishment.
A man who separated from his wife and remarried was found guilty of committing the act between June and September last year in Kisumu County.
He had been charged with sexually assaulting his two daughters, aged 15 and 17.
However, the charges against her for abusing and aborting her 17-year-old daughter were dropped by the court.
The judge said that although the victim had been rescued and was now living in a rescue center in Kisumu, the incident had left him devastated.
“Section 20 (1) of the Sexual Offenses Act under which the defendant was charged provides sexual punishment while the minor is under 18 years of life imprisonment. I continue to sentence the accused to life imprisonment, ”he said.
During the trial, the court heard about the tragedy that the child suffered at the hands of his father.
The young girl said she visited her father to collect food after separating from her mother, but the man turned to her.
She told the court how the man threatened her with a knife before defiling her, an incident that saw her get pregnant.
“He forced me to take off my clothes and threatened to stab me if I did not cooperate,” he told the court.
He said the next morning he informed the mother-in-law of the incident, but was turned away.
He chose to report the case to the village elder who referred him to the police.
Police arrested the suspect when it was later confirmed that the girl was pregnant.
The baby, however, died at birth. Samples taken from the body for paternal examination revealed that the suspect was a father.
But the defendant in his defense denied the allegations saying he heard the doctor who had taken care of his daughter planning to introduce him.
In his decision, the judge said the prosecutor had proved beyond doubt that he had committed the act.
According to the judge, a medical examination report confirmed that he was involved.
The report turned to the older sister, however.
“The accused has been convicted of an engagement offense contrary to section 20 (1) of the Gender Offenses Act and is being prosecuted,” Enzere said.