Updated Thursday, November 15 2012 at 00:00 GMT+3By Renson Buluma
BUSIAL KENYA: A Busia Law Court has slapped an Administration Police officer with a life sentence for defilement.
Corporal Charles Muli, who until his arrest last November was the officer in charge of Mulukhoni AP camp, will serve the remaining part of his life in jail after he was found guilty.
Busia Senior Resident Magistrate Mildred Munyekenye said the corporal was guilty of defiling a six-year-old child contrary to the Sexual Offences Act.
The prosecution told the court that the accused committed the offence last year on October 21, at Mundika village in Agenga location, Samia District.
He is said to have visited the victim’s homestead looking for her father, who was not present then. He was ushered into the house by the child’s mother. When the mother went to the kitchen, the girl entered the house and the officer ordered her to close the door before he committed the crime.
During the hearing Muli’s lawyer Wycliffe Okuta said the evidence presented was not enough.
He cited contradictions on the evidence as proof that the officer may not have defiled the girl.
But the judge, while issuing the sentence, ruled that there was overwhelming evidence that defilement occurred.
In mitigation, the accused through his defence counsel pleaded for leniency, arguing that he was a first time offender and was the sole breadwinner of his family.