A 27-year-old woman from Kibera in Nairobi has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for aiding a minor’s defilement.
Juliana Rehema lured the victim, 11, into her Silanga Village house in Kibera after promising the child that she (Rehema) would take her to Kitengela on a trip. The incident happened at 2pm on May 19, 2019, the Kibera Law Courts heard.
After the child got into Rehema’s house, she was drugged and defiled by Rehema’s boyfriend, the court was told.
The defiler has since escaped to Uganda, with police finding a hard time tracking him down.
Kibera Chief Magistrate Joyce Gandani heard that Rehema had, a day earlier (May 18, 2019), met the child heading home from school.
It was then that she told the child of the Kitengela trip plan.
The two had agreed to meet at Rehema’s home at 9am the following day, proceed on the trip, and, the child be dropped at her parents’ home at 2pm that day.
However, on the fateful day, the girl arrived at Rehema’s home at 2pm. She was served tea by the host. The court, however, heard that the tea was laced with a drug that sent the child sleeping for six hours. However, before losing her consciousness completely, the child recounted arguing with Rehema who was forcing her (minor) to have sex with her (Rehema’s) boyfriend lest she kill her.
Later 8pm, the minor regained consciousness and went home.
Her mother asked where she had been, and the child said she had gone on a school trip.
The following day, the minor’s mother inquired from school whether her daughter had actually proceeded on a formal tour, but the school answered in the negation.
The child was, thereafter, probed by a teacher, and she disclosed what had happened on May 19, 2019. She was, consequently, taken to hospital for examination, where a defilement test returned positive results.
It was also established that the child got pregnant as a result of the defilement.
Juliana Rehema was, as a result, arrested and subsequently arraigned.
The convict’s pleas for leniency on Thursday, February 4, 2021 fell on deaf ears as Magistrate Gandani ruled that the child’s life has been ruined as a result of Rehema’s action.