Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrates, Anthony Mwicigi of Baricho High Court on Thursday, January 14, the pastor got a 70-year- jail term for sexually assaulting each of the girls. The court ruled that the sentence will run consecutively.
“I sentence you 70 years for each offense and you have 14 days to appeal. This court orders that your names to be added in the register of convicted and dangerous offenders.” the Magistrate announced.
“Gichira will serve 70 years for each count of defilement; the sentences to run consecutively,” the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said.
The accused pleaded guilty to charges on January 5, 2021, and was remanded until Thursday. He blamed the devil for his offences and asked forgiveness from his children and the court. He said that everybody makes mistakes.
“I pray that the court, those that I have offended including the girls I impregnated. It is my first time to commit such an act. I blame Satan for tricking me.” he said.
Charges by the prosecution indicated the first offense was committed on diverse dates in Kinyakiiru village, against his 16-year-old daughter. She is now seven months pregnant.
The second offence was committed on or around August 2020 against his 14-year old daughter who is six months pregant. Both are primary school pupils.
He had fled to Mbeere South in Meru County and posed as a Somalia herder but residents were suspicious of his accent and tipped authorities before he was arrested in the first week of January.
The court was told that the matter was not reported and the accused continued to live with the victims. This was later reported to Baricho Police Station by the area chief.
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