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Pastor who defiled, impregnated two daughters sentenced to 140 years in jail

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  • John Gichuki was imprisoned for 70 years for defiling and impregnating his 16-year-old daughter, and 70 years for defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old daughter.
  • The 51-year-old, who is a pastor in a local Akorino church in Kathaka village in Ndia Constituency, pleaded guilty to the offences on January 5, 2021.

A pastor in Kirinyaga County who pleaded guilty to defiling and impregnating his two teenage daughters has been sentenced to 140 years in prison for the offences.

Appearing before Baricho Senior Principal Magistrate Anthony Mwicigi on Thursday, John Gichuki was imprisoned for 70 years for defiling and impregnating his 16-year-old daughter, and 70 years for defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old daughter.

“The accused through his insensitive behavior has permanently wounded the lives of young girl and their siblings,he has no remorse for his behavior and two girls will forever be reminded and Carry the pain for the rest of their lives” noted Judge Mwicigi.

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The 51-year-old, who is a pastor in a local Akorino church in Kathaka village in Ndia Constituency, pleaded guilty to the offences on January 5, 2021,

Gichuki told the court that he was aware that he committed the crime, and asked for forgiveness from the victims. He blamed the devil for the offences.

The 16-year-old daughter has since delivered and has a seven-month-old child, while the 14-year-old daughter is five months pregnant.

The charge sheet states that the first offence was committed on diverse dates between 1st and 30th June, 2019, while the second offence was committed between 1st and 31st August, 2020.

Since the advent of COVID-19 in the country, there has been an increase in cases of gender-based violence.

Human rights groups are saying that measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, as necessary as they are, are exposing women and girls to the risk of gender-based violence.

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