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Family seeks justice after police officer rapes teen daughter in cell


Thursday, 4th May 2023


A family in Kakamega County is crying out for justice after their teenage daughter was defiled by a police officer in a police cell.


The family from Khwisero Sub County allege that the 16-year-old girl had been arrested on April 28 and locked up at Khwisero police station alongside a friend who had accompanied her to meet a boyfriend.


The family had called the police to arrest her after a lengthy search for her only to find her at a man’s house.


The girl’s father reportedly asked the police officers to lock her up in the police station for the night as punishment for sneaking out of the house.


During the night, the accused officer allegedly went to a room where the girl and her friend were being held at night and asked her to follow him, claiming that her mother had come to see her.


He then took the girl to another room and asked her to undress before repeatedly defiling her with condoms.


The teenage girl’s father was left horrified after he heard of the ordeal that his daughter had gone through in the hands of a police officer.


The family now wants the unnamed policeman arrested and held accountable for his despicable act.


Vivian Ayuma, the county’s director of social services, children’s services, culture and gender, said the police officer was yet to be arrested.


“This is a very sad matter that has been swept under the carpet. We are calling for a full investigation into this sad incident. We need this officer to be charged for inflicting such pain on the girl and ruining her life,” said Ayuma.


A Senior Assistant Inspector General of Police, John Gachomo, who attended the handing over of a child protection unit in Matete Sub County in Kakamega, said the incident will be fully investigated and the errant officer will be prosecuted for the offence.


Gachomo, who is the Director of Community Policing, Gender and Child Protection, said the officer involved in defiling the girl would face the law.



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