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Police calls for community education on how to preserve defilement evidence

The  Siaya County Police Commander (CPC), Francis  Kooli has called for civic education on how to handle and preserve   defilement  evidence  as  a way  of  tackling rising sexual offences in the area.

Kooli  lamented  that  incidents  where  parents and guardians of defiled children or even adults who are sexually molested  interfering with evidence was high in the area, hence jeopardizing police efforts to nail suspects through water  tight   evidence.

The  CPC  was  speaking  at  a  Siaya hotel  during  a Child  Protection  Workshop on Thursday.

He  defended  the  police from accusations that they have been frustrating efforts to bring the suspects to book by being  compromised, adding  that the law enforcement agents base their actions on reports by the parents, guardians or the  complainants.

Kooli  also blamed parents and guardians, adding that most victims of sexual violence fail to get justice after the parties  are  compromised.

“Some  even interfere with evidence by failing to preserve the scenes or things like garments so that police can deduce  evidence  that  can help nail the suspects,” he said.

Addressing  the  participants, Plan International’s Sponsorship Coordinator, Absalom  Adewa  said the event was organized  to  equip police with adequate child protection skills.

He  said  the law enforcers are always the first to be reached whenever the children were in trouble and in most cases  assist in resolving child rights violation cases.

The  workshop  was  also addressed by Bondo sub County Children’s Officer, Allan  Onguka  who said the government was keen on ensuring justice for all the children who find themselves in challenging situations.

By   Philip  Onyango

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