Boy to sit for KCPE exam in police station following arrest over rape
A 17-year-old boy from Sigotik Village in Njoro Sub-County, Nakuru County will write his KCPE exam in police custody after he allegedly defiled an 11-year-old girl on March 13, 2021.
The teenager was arraigned before Nakuru Senior Resident Magistrate Eunice Kelly on Thursday, March 18. The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charge, and was released on a cash bail of Ksh300,000 or a bond of Ksh400,000.
The boy’s parents were, however, unable to raise the bail, prompting Magistrate Kelly to direct that the suspect be held in lawful custody at Njoro Police Station, where he will sit for the 2020 KCPE exams, which begin on Monday, March 22.
Magistrate Kelly set March 31 as the next mention date.
The boy’s lawyer, Karen Wanderi, had pleaded with the court to release the suspect on a free bond so that he could write his exam, but the Prosecution, led by Jacinta Kibiru, opposed Wanderi’s application, arguing the crime committed by the suspect was a capital offence.
After denying the suspect a free bond, Magistrate Kelly directed Education officials in Nakuru County, led by Njoro Sub-County Director of Education John Wangatho, to facilitate and supervise the boy’s exam while in custody.
The minor was arrested last Saturday, March 13 after allegedly committing the offence in thicket at 7pm.
The boy’s family says they have written a formal letter to Njoro OCPD, Jonathan Kisaka, requesting that the suspect be given a room, where he can write the test.
“We’ll try our best to raise the bail. For now, we have no other choice but to accept the court’s directive,” said a spokesperson of the suspect’s family.
The alleged victim’s medical report will be produced in court in a subsequent session.