A court has sentenced a pastor to 140 years in prison in Kenya.
Pastor John Gichira, 51-year-old was sentenced to 140 years in prison for impregnating his two daughters aged 14-year-old and 16-year-old in Ndia Constituency, Kirinyaga County, Kenya.
Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrates, Anthony Mwicigi of Baricho High Court on Thursday, 14 January, the pastor was slapped with a 70-year-jail term for sexually assaulting each of the girls. The court ruled that the sentence will run consecutively.
“I sentence you 70 years for each offense and you have 14 days to appeal. This court orders that your names be added in the register of convicted and dangerous offenders.” the Magistrate announced.
“Gichira will serve 70 years for each count of defilement; the sentences to run consecutively,” the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said, citing a sentence in a Kirinyaga court.
The accused pleaded guilty to charges on 5 January 2021 and was remanded until Thursday. He blamed the devil for his offences and asked forgiveness from his children and the court, saying that everybody makes mistakes.
“I pray that the court, those that I have offended including the girls I impregnated. It is my first time to commit such an act. I blame Satan for tricking me.” he said.
Charges read out to him by the prosecution indicated that the first offense was committed on diverse dates between 1 and 30 June 2020 in Kinyakiiru village, Kirinyaga against his 16-year-old daughter. She is now seven months pregnant.
The second offence was committed on or around August 2020 against his 14-year old daughter who is six months pregnant. Both are primary school pupils.
He was arrested in Mbeere South in Meru County where he had fled to and posed as a Somalia herder but residents were suspicious of his accent and tipped authorities before he was arrested in the first week of January.
The court was told that the matter was not reported and the accused continued to live in the same compound with the victims. The matter was later reported to Baricho Police Station by the area chief, prompting the suspect to escape till he was traced and arrested in Mbeere.