Narok man jailed for life for marrying 10-year-old girl

for Tv47 Digital January 11, 2023, 03:12 PM
Man jailed for marrying 10-year-old girl
Saigulu Ololosereka appeared before Narok Senior Resident Magistrate Phyllis Shinyada. He faced two counts namely; defiling a ten-year-old girl and marrying her in the year 2019.

In Summary

  • In her judgement, Magistrate Shinyada noted that the man had been warned of the magnitude of the matter after pleading guilty to the charges but maintained that he married the girl because her parents gave the nod.

    • “The offense committed is grave and barbaric. The last three years must have been the most horrific years for the victim,” said the magistrate.

    A court in Narok County has slapped a 50-year-old man to life imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to defiling and marrying off a 10-year-old girl.

    Saigulu Ololosereka - who appeared before Narok Senior Resident Magistrate Phyllis Shinyada - was faced with two counts namely; defiling a 10-year-old girl and marrying her in the year 2019.

    In her judgement, Magistrate Shinyada noted that the man had been warned of the magnitude of the matter after pleading guilty to the charges but maintained that he married the girl because her parents gave the nod.

    “The offense committed is grave and barbaric. The last three years must have been the most horrific years for the victim,” said the magistrate.

    The magistrate continued that the heinous act had a permanent physiological and physical effect as the young girl had undergone Female Genital Mutilation before she was married and later underwent a caesarian section when giving birth.

    'Showed no remorse'

    She noted that Ololosereka showed no remorse even after he was warned of the magnitude of the offense and instead insisted that the young girl was her wife whom he had married for three years.

    “He merely asked for pardon and reinstated that he did not take the girl by force but the parents had handed her for marriage, meaning he feels entitled to have the girl as his wife,” said the Senior Magistrate in her judgement.

    The fact that such offences are common in the country where girls are exchanged for livestock or other cheap things, Shinyada said, calls for a stern punishment that will serve as a warning to others with similar intentions.

    While sentencing the elderly man to life imprisonment, the magistrate reiterated she had put into consideration the age of the girl, who was defiled to the extent of being impregnated and that the man has been defiling the minor for the last three years.

    She sentenced Ololosereka to life imprisonment for the first count of defilement, and three years to the second count of early marriage which he will serve concurrently.

    The state counsel prosecutor Tito Wanga expressed satisfaction with the judgement following the seriousness of the offence.

    However, the culprit was reminded of his right to appeal the case in a higher court in a period of 14 days if he was not satisfied with the judgment.

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