A Catholic Church priest in Trans Nzoia county has been jailed for five years after he was found guilty of attempting to defile an altar girl.
Father Benard Magina Masinde of Kipsaina Catholic Church in Cherangany Sub County was accused of intentionally attempting to defile an 11-year-old altar girl on September 15, 2018.
The priest was accused of defiling the girl inside his car at the back of the seat at the church compound.
During the court hearing, the mother of the girl said that her daughter informed her that the priest had requested her to go to church for preparations of service but took long to return back home.
She sent her siblings to go and look for her but she couldn’t be found. This is when her mother went to look for her at the church only to find her inside the priest’s vehicle that was parked outside the church compound.
The girl’s mother was forced to scream alerting members of the public and rushed to a nearby police station to report the incident. In his defence, Father Masinde told the court that he was inside the vehicle when the girl knocked in his car window and he rolled it down.
I saw the girl she had been complaining of chest problem. I told her to come inside the car to inquire about her condition. Since it was getting late after having a long conversation I asked her to go home only to be ambushed by the girl’s mother and her uncle.Father Masinde
Senior Resident Magistrate, Duncan Mtai, said that the prosecution had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
I, therefore, convict him to five years imprisonment with 14 days right of appealDuncan Mtai
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