A man who was found guilty of defiling his 15-year-old daughter has been sentenced to a 20-year imprisonment term by the Bondo Law Court.
Benjamin Anganga Okumu, aged 36 and a father of 7 children was sentenced to serve the custodial jail term by Bondo Magistrate S.W. Mathenge for committing an indecent act with a minor contrary to the law.
Okumu committed the offence on 1st May 2020 in Ramba village in Rarieda Sub-county of Siaya County by defiling the minor who was his biological daughter. The key prosecution witness, who was also the victim in the case stated that she knew Benjamin and that he was her father.
She told the court that on the material day in May 2019, she was watching television in the house at about 5pm, sitting in the sitting room when her father arrived from Ndori, a nearby center.
The girl added that her father came to where she was seated and sat next to her and started caressing her.
This was then followed by another incident where the accused would then repeat his advances on the young girl a few days later when he found her watching the television, dressed in school shorts.
She said that her father then forcefully took her to the bedroom where he undressed her and told her to stay silent, then he proceeded and had sexual intercourse with her at about 6pm while there was nobody else in the house.
Following the ordeal, the young girl took two weeks before returning to school and according to her evidence adduced in court she had headaches and her stomach was in pain, this attracted the attention of her head teacher who upon interrogating her instructed that she goes to the hospital.
The young girl’s mother, according to the victim’s statement, upon discovering that the girl was pregnant and the father was the one responsible, plotted to cover up the incident by performing an abortion at a makeshift facility around the area they stayed.
On 29 August 2020, while the minor was washing dishes at about 6pm, she narrated that her father slapped her, undressed her, covered her face with a cloth and slept with her and threatened her not to disclose his actions to anyone.