ASKED FOR SCHOOL FEES

Cop defiles daughter, keeps her in cells for six days

Victim, 12, tells journalists she had gone to seek school fees from her father on November 1 when he defiled her.

In Summary

• She said she was cleaning utensils when her father took her to the bedroom and defiled her. 

• She rushed to the nearest police post to report the incident.

Crime scene
Crime scene
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A police officer in Kuria West subcounty allegedly defiled her daughter and had her held in custody for six days. 

The victim, 12, told journalists she had gone to seek school fees from her father on November 1 when he defiled her.

"I was sent home for Sh13,890 and since my parents don't live together, my grandmother sent me to collect fees from him," she said on Monday.

She said she was cleaning utensils when her father took her to the bedroom and defiled her.  She rushed to the nearest police post to report the incident.

"I reported the incident to a female police officer who called my father and the area chief and tried to persuade me to forgive him," she said.

At about 2pm she was transferred to Isebania Police Station where she was held for two hours. 

The girl was then taken to Nyayo Hospital where she was tested and given drugs.

She stayed in police custody for six days in which police officers at the station allowed her father to constantly visit and threaten her to drop the case.

"When we visited her on the same evening she was arrested, the officer declined to release her saying the national flag at the station had already been lowered,” her grandmother said.

The grandmother and mother's attempts to have her released did not bear any fruits. 

"We just need justice for our daughter. We feel insulted when a victim is the one being held in cells while the suspects walk scot-free and visit the girl openly when we were denied any chance of seeing her," the grandmother said.

Currently, the victim is staying with a guardian. 

The guardian and the grandmother said a medical examination report, a P3 form, police statements and medical reports were tampered with bungle the case.

"They placed the victim for six days to try and erase evidence and even police records and the occurrence book entries were skewed," the guardian said.

Senior public prosecutor Martin Mwongera  On November 5 wrote Isebania police station boss over tampered evidence in a letter seen by the Star. 

In the letter, Mwongera said after perusing police files and statements, "there was no sufficient evidence compiled thus far for us to charge the suspect with the proposed offence."

Nyamosense-Komosoko MCA Susan Mohabe said justice has to be served for the victim and the family "whose attempt to seek any justice have been met by constant threats some coming from police officers"

Mohabe said Kuria West police officers are yet to arrest other suspects who gang-raped a 70 years old granny a week ago.

When the press visited Isebania Police station on Monday, senior officers said they were aware of the case but refused to comment further. 

They referred the matter to Kuria West police boss Bernard Muriuki and Migori county commander Celestino Nyaga.

Muriuku said attempts to take the suspect to Kehancha law courts twice on November 5 and 19 failed after ODPP wrote over lack of evidence. 

He said he was not aware if the victim was held at the Isebania police station or officers tampered with evidence.

"We want to duplicate all the files including evidence and statements back to ODPP for review for the minor to get justice," Muriuki said.