A former director of a children's orphanage in Utawala, Nairobi county, has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for defiling three minors, by a Nairobi court.
Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Zainab Abdul handed down a harsh jail term to Stephen Nzuki Mutisya after finding him guilty of four charges of defilement. He committed the offences in Utawala between 2010 and 2016.
During the hearing of the case, it emerged that Nzuki would defile the minors while quoting the Bible to convince them that it was correct and that the Bible allowed it.
While passing the sentence, magistrate Zainab said the accused person being a director of a children's home ought to have protected the minors but he instead went ahead and defiled them severally.
"It is the responsibility of this court to impose a deterrent sentence to serve as an example to other would-be offenders," magistrate Zainab said.
The magistrate further noted that the offences Nzuki committed are very serious and carry a heavy penalty.
"This is not a case where an accused person can be given a non-custodial sentence as it would amount to mockery of the justice system," she stated.
The court in sentencing Nzuki took into consideration how the minors, who are now adults, have been affected by the actions of the accused person.
In Count One where the minor was nine years at the time of the offence, the accused will serve 50 years.
Nzuki will serve 20 years for defiling another 15-year-old and 20 years for defiling a 13-year-old.
He was also found guilty of the offence of indecent act with a minor. He will serve 10 years for that.
The offences were committed between 2010 and 2016 at Screams Africa children's home at Mihango within the Utawala area.
In mitigation, Nzuki had pleaded for leniency and urged the court to grant him a non-custodial sentence but the prosecution opposed his request and urged the court to impose a maximum sentence.
The court heard that Nzuki faces similar charges at Makadara Law Courts and Milimani Law Courts and should not be freed.