A Kenya’s court has sentenced a 70-year-old man who was found guilty of sexually defiling a 5-year-old girl.
Resident Magistrate Vienna Amboko said the court has sufficient evidence to prove that Michael Chebotin abused the minor on April 2, 2020, at a village in Baringo County, Kenya’s Rift Valley.
The court also found out convict infected the young girl with syphilis.
In her ruling, the Magistrate said she had factored in the convict’s period in custody.
“I am of the view that a 20-year imprisonment of the accused will serve a deterrent purpose [to other would-be offenders]. I, therefore, sentence the accused to 20 years in prison,” she said.
Chebotin pleaded with the court for a lenient sentence saying he is the sole breadwinner in his family. He revealed that his family has suffered while he was in custody.
He accused his neighbours of framing him, noting they had a plan to steal his land.
“I am an old man, who can’t defile a 5-year-old girl. She is like my grandchild,” he said.
The convict has 14 days to appeal the ruling.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.