Siaya man sentenced to 20 years for gang raping neighbour
SEE ALSO :Girl, 13, defiled on her way from toiletEsther, however, was not interested in the proposal and the lady confirmed that she was not going to give into their advances. However, unknown to Esther was that the lady was also there to confirm that she was indeed their target. At this point, Oyugi and his friend produced knives and held Esther, threatening her and dragged her to a nearby bush. They then proceeded to rape Esther in turns and after hours in the hands of the two men, they then released her. Esther immediately reported the matter to her family members who rushed her to hospital. When they were arraigned in court, the two were charged with an offense of gang rape and also faced an alternative charge of committing an indecent act with an adult. During the court trial, defence said Oyugi and his co-accused had planned to commit the offense. It was premeditated and they used threats and force to accomplish their mission of raping Esther. The Court established that she was held hostage as she was being raped in turns and severally by Oyugi and his accomplice. The two were sentenced to 20 years in prison. Oyugi was, however, not satisfied with the Court’s decision and appealed to the High Court at Siaya. However, High Court Judge James Makau upheld the sentence and dismissed his appeal. The judge noted that the sentence was within the law and justified in view of how the offense was executed. He declined to interfere with the sentence and found the appeal to be without merit and ruled there was no reason why the sentence should be amended.