Wednesday, 27 September 2023, 12:33

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Tugetab Kalenjin

Kilifi police officer accused of defiling 15-year-old

Police in Kilifi are investigating one of their own after he reportedly defiled a 15-year-old.

The constable stationed at the Marereni Police Station in Magarini Constituency, is accused of committing the crime last Friday at around 9.30pm.

The girl was walking home from a food kiosk where she works as a casual labourer. A few metres from her work place, she met the police officer.

he girl, who dropped out of Kambija Primary School in February due to health complications reported that the policeman, who was dressed in civilian clothing, demanded to know where she was going to at that hour before threatening to arrest her.

She pleaded with him to take her home but he instead took her to a nearby guesthouse where he defiled her.

Kilifi County Criminal Investigating Officer (CCIO) Noah Katumo said witnesses had recorded statements with the investigating officers.

“Once our investigations are complete, we will hand over the file to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for direction,” he said.

Alleged perpetrator

Mr Katumo said part of the investigations would include a parade for the minor to identify the suspect.

“We want to seal all loopholes that would deny the survivor justice,” he added.

The young girl’s defilement was the second case involving a police officer from the Marereni Police Station.

On January 18, a DCI officer defiled a 16-year-old girl inside his car.

The CCIO confirmed that the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) had completed its investigations and handed the file to the DPP for action.

Speaking at Soweto village in Marereni, the survivor’s father expressed bitterness that a police officer mandated to protect the minor turned against her and sexually abused her.

“My daughter was defiled by this unknown man, and after intervention by the public, they discovered that the alleged perpetrator was a police officer; a government officer supposed to have protected my daughter,” he said.