It is alleged that Renato lured the minor into his house with the promise of paying her school fees. State Prosecutor Shakwila Ayeka said that Renato should deposit his two passports in court since he is a foreigner. "We don't oppose bond but being a foreigner with two passports, the same can be forfeited to the courts," said Ayeka. However, Renato's lawyer Boaz Abdalla said that his client was framed. "He was set up as we shall demonstrate later on. He runs an orphanage in Kilifi and is not likely to run away," said Abdallah.
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He was also charged with committing an indecent act with the minor on January 6, 2020. Renato had initially pleaded guilty to the charges but later changed his plea to not guilty after the magistrate directed that his lawyer clarifies to him the offence he was charged with and the penalty upon conviction. According to the police statements when the minor went to Renato's apartment to collect the money and he gave her yoghurt laced with a drug to knock her out and then defiled her. "When I regained consciousness, I found myself naked. He had sexually assaulted me," the minor said in her statement to the police.