A man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after he was found guilty of raping a 49-year-old woman.

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Charles Keitany was charged with gang-raping the woman together with others not before the court.

Keitany committed the crime on March 22, 2018 at Kongasis village in Nakuru County.

The prosecution told the court that Keitany and another suspect took turns to rape the woman before she was rescued.

The accused was arrested after he was caught in the act by two people who came to the woman's rescue after she raised alarm.

The woman was able to positively identify Keitany as one of the suspects who raped her, having seen him before in Kongasis area.

Lab results presented to court by a doctor based at the Nakuru Provincial General Hospital showed that the accused had a sexually transmitted infection.

Keitany, however, denied that charges claiming that on the material date he had retired to bed early and was arrested while on his way to work.

He told Senior Resident Magistrate Yvonne Khatambi that the woman who was his customer failed to pay her bill after taking food on credit.

The accused pleaded for leniency saying that he is the sole breadwinner in his family.

“I plead with the court to be lenient when giving its judgment. I am the sole breadwinner in my family,” said Keitany, as quoted by the Nation.

In her ruling, Magistrate Khatambi noted that the prosecution had produced sufficient evidence.

“I have carefully considered the evidence on record. I am satisfied that the complainant’s testimony was corroborated by witnesses and the medical report presented in court,” said magistrate Khatambi.