Pastor who defiled, impregnated and killed student jailed for 25 years

A High Court in Kitale has sentenced a pastor to 25 years imprisonment after being found guilty of defiling, impregnating and later killing a secondary school student in 2011.

Scolastica Mmbihi who was pregnant with triplets at the time of her death, was killed on July 7, 2011 by the cleric in a bid to end a defiliment court tussle.

Engulfed in shame and in cover-up efforts, Pastor Charles Nyachwara stabbed and killed Mbmbihi, a Form Four student using a kitchen knife.

Justice Hillary Chemitei said evidence presented before the court had proven that Nyachwara who served at the Yuya Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) church is guilty of killing the minor to save his image.

“I have heard the litigation by both the prosecution and defence sides and it is clear the minor suffered a cruel death in the hands of the accused,” Justice Chemitei ruled.

Mmbihi’s who was a KCSE candidate at Yuya Secondary School was found murdered in cold blood after the family went instituted legal action against the pastor for impregnating her.

According to Nyachwara’s confession in court, he killed the woman to safeguard his priestly image after his efforts to settle the matter with the family out of court failed.

“I wish to state that I killed her because her father declined to withdraw the defilement charges against me at Kitale Law Courts,” said the pastor.

Postmortem reports submitted in the court earlier revealed that the deceased was carrying triplets.

The minor’s father Paul Mmbihi said he will not appeal the ruling,  but feltthe court was abit lenient on the man who took the life of his daughter.

“I thank God that finally justice has been served though the court could have given a more painful punishment to the accused. I will not contest the verdict since no amount of justice will bring back my daughter. I leave everything to God,” said Mr Mmbihi.