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Court Okays DNA Testing in Defilement Case

A Kiambu court has granted the prosecution’s plea to have the DNA samples extracted from a middle aged man on suspicion that he allegedly defiled a 14 year old minor at Ruturo village in May this year.

Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate (SPM) Ms.Stella Atambo allowed police to escort Joshua Ouma Palia to Kiambu level 5 hospital to obtain his DNA samples in a defilement case he was facing.

He was charged that on 30th May 2020 at Ruturo area within Kiambu Sub-county, he unlawfully had carnal knowledge of a 14 year old minor without her consent contrary to section 8(1)(3) of the sexual offences act No.3 of 2006.

He faced an alternative charge that on the same date and venue, he unlawfully and indecently used his genital organs to touch those of the minor without her consent.

According to Police, the suspect upon committing the offence went into hiding and was nabbed over the weekend by officers from Kiamumbi police station who were pursuing him.

For the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Stephen Musyoka said he did not wish to oppose the accused to be released on bond. “He should first be taken to hospital for the DNA samples for analysis” he told the court.

He however pleaded not guilty to the two counts.

Ms. Atambo said after the process, he could be released on a bond of 300,000 and a surety of similar amount.

His case will be mentioned on October 5th and he will meanwhile be remanded at the Kiamumbi police station for processing. The case is scheduled to be heard on 10th November 2020.

The prosecution has lined up five witnesses to buttress the case.

By  Lydia Shiloya

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