Police in Murang’a are holding a 35-year-old father accused of defiling and impregnating his daughter aged 13 years.
Ephraim Kimani Macharia, a resident of Kigumo, is alleged to have repeatedly defiled the minor during the period when schools were closed over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The man’s monstrous actions were discovered after teachers at Gatumbi Primary School grew suspicious over the girl’s condition following the reopening of schools.
This prompted the headteacher to take the Class Five pupil to the hospital, where a test confirmed she is six months pregnant.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Macharia was responsible for the pregnancy, according to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
“Inquiry into the odious situation revealed that the father was responsible, with the school going child narrating how he had slept with her severally since July 2020,” says the DCI.
The teenager has since been placed under the care of a children’s officer at a rescue center in Muthithi.
The suspect, who was arrested on Friday, was put in custody pending further investigations and arraignment.
The incident comes a week after a Kirinyaga Akorino pastor, who pleaded guilty to defiling and impregnating his two teenage daughters, was sentenced to 140 years in prison.
John Gichuki, 51, was handed a 70-year sentence for defiling and impregnating his 16-year-old daughter, and 70 years for defiling and impregnating his 14-year-old daughter. He blamed the devil for the offenses.