Why court reduced sentence for man who defiled 10-year-old daughter

By Babu Tendu | Friday, Oct 4th 2019 at 15:35
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Lady justice Lilian Mutende on Thursday, October 4 reduced the life imprisonment sentence of Wycliffe Amukaya Shilaho, convicted for defiling his step-daughter, to 20 years in prison.

This came after Shilaho appealed a decision made on September 18, 2018, by a Kiambu court on the grounds that one of the key elements, penetration, was not proved.

Justice Mutende ruled that the substitution of the sentence was because the accused was a first time offender.

How it happened

The court heard that when the incident happened, the mother of the complainant was seated outside the house and had sent the minor to take some money into the house.

In order for the child to reach for the mother's purse she had to step on the bed where her stepfather lay.

It was then that the accused held her and threatened to kill her if she screamed, he then violated her sexually as he had done in the past.

The mother who was still outside became suspicious after her daughter took too long to return hence going inside to check on her only to find the two in a compromising situation.

The convict ran away prompting the mother to report the matter to the chief and later to the police who arrested the man.

In his defense, the appellant said that his wife had threatened to teach him a lesson on the night before the incident if he did not pay her bride price.

This is only one case among the many which have been reopened as a result of the ongoing re-sentencing appeals by convicts sentenced to life imprisonment.

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