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How 13-year-old girl was defiled inside police cells- Witnesses

Curtis Otieno
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A former inmate at the Murang'a Police Station in Muranga county has recounted an unfortunate defilement ordeal of a minor inside the station cells.

Nelson Muturi Githuku was on September 30, 2017 a guest of the state following his arrest during a police swoop and placement in the cells pending arraignment in court.

On that fateful day, he told the court on Thursday, one Police Constable Laban Njogu who was apparently on duty used the opportunity to defile a 13-year-old girl.

He said that the girl was being booked in when he arrived and later locked inside the juvenile cell, but it didn't take long before the officer started flirting with her, before abusing her. 

Githuku added that the officer did the animal-like act under the cover of darkness after the inmates had finished taking their supper.

"As we were taking supper, I heard Njogu tell the girl she was lovely and did not understand what she was doing in a police cell," Githuku told the court, according to the Standard.

"After hearing how Njogu was speaking to the girl, I decided to remain awake. After some time, lights were switched off and I could see someone walking towards the women's cell," he added.

The witness who is out on a Ksh400,000 bond said that his curiosity led him into investigating the matter, and with time found an opportunity to question the girl who confirmed his suspicion.

"After a few minutes, I saw the person leave the cell. He threw something on the roof of the toilet," said the witness. He later excused himself to smoke a cigarette outside the cell.

“While I smoked, I went to the juvenile cells and asked the minor what had transpired. She confirmed she had been sexually abused by an officer,” he added.

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