An 80-year-old man is in police custody for allegedly defiling a four-year-old girl in Marukusi, village of Chevaywa location in Matete Sub-county.
The Sub-county Children’s Officer (SCCO), Jackson Murunga, said the child has been spending most of the daytime with the octogenarian who is an immediate neighbor.
“The old man took advantage of this close association with the victim to defile her and in the process seriously injuring her,” he said.
Murunga added that the suspect has been a widower for more than 10 years and has been living alone and has been spending a lot of time with the child such that he gained confidence of the parents.
The SCCO said after committing the crime the old man went into hiding but the officers from Matete police station launched a manhunt and managed to arrest him.
He said medical examination confirmed that the minor had been sexually abused.
By Sammy Mwibanda