MUGUKA TRADER TO SERVE 10 YEARS FOR RAPE
A 45 year old Muguka trader will spend 10 years in jail for allegedly raping a woman.
Embu chief magistrate Maxwell Gicheru on Wednesday jailed Robert Magara Njeru after convicting him for raping the job seeker near Kamiu Catholic Church in Embu on January 30 last year while threatening to kill her.
Gicheru said witnesses proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence in broad daylight after planning it well.
The magistrate rejected a claims by the accused that police officers fabricated the charges against him after he refused to bribe them, saying the complainant positively identified him.
Prosecutor Victor Ombongi asked the magistrate to give the accused a punitive and deterrent custodial sentence, arguing he had caused the complainant a lot of trauma.
Gicheru said although Njeru was a first offender, he could not spare him even after pleading for leniency – saying he had a wife and children who rely on him.
The Court heard how Njeru found the victim working as a waiter at an eatery in Mutuabare, Mbeere South subcounty, on January 25 last year, introduced himself to the complainant before he promised to seek a better paying job for her at the Kenya Forest Service in Embu town.
They agreed to meet on January 30 in Embu for him to introduce her to the new employer.
However, on reaching Kamiu Catholic Church the accused led the complainant through a path and pinned her to the ground and raped her.
Njeru brandished a knife and threatened to kill the woman if she refused to cooperate. He was later arrested in March last year.

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