Narok: Man slapped with life imprisonment for marrying 9-year-old girl

By Obegi Malack    

@obegimalack  

A Narok court has sentenced a fifty-year-old man to life in prison for defiling and marrying an underage girl.

Saigulu Ololosereka, who appeared before Narok Senior Resident Magistrate Phyllis Shinyanda, was charged with two counts: defiling a 9-year-old girl. girl and marrying her in violation of the law in 2019.

The accused culprit had pleaded guilty to defiling and marrying a ten-year-old girl and was sentenced to life imprisonment for the first count of defilement and three years for the second count of early marriage which he will serve concurrently.

In her judgement the Senior Magistrate said the man had been warned of the consequences of the act after pleading guilty but maintained that he had married the girl after an agreement with the parents.

She said last three years must have been the most horrific years for the victim after the accused maintained the girl was his wife, he had married three years before.

The court was told that the girl had been impregnated and that the man has been defiling the minor for the last three years.

Shinyanda said the accused merely asked for pardon. The man had maintained that that he did not take the girl by force but the parents had handed her for marriage.

The magistrate said the man felt entitled to have the girl as his wife without asking for forgiveness.

The underage girl had undergone Female Genital Mutilation before she was married off and later underwent a caesarian session when giving birth.

The offender was given 14 days to appeal.

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