James Kayata Muia, 70, and his son Benjamin Mutinda Muia arrested for defiling 11-year-old girl - Machakos.
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James Kayata Muia, 70, and his son Benjamin Mutinda Muia were arrested on Tuesday, July 28 for defiling 11-year-old female relative in Machakos.

The arrested hails from Kaani Village in Kathiani Constituency and are alleged to have committed the offence on separate occasions between 2016 and 2020.

The minor, a Class Five pupil, is Kayata’s granddaughter and Mutinda’s niece.

The child told police that her uncle, Mutinda, began defiling her in 2016.

“In that year, he (Mutinda) s£xually abused me once. In 2017 and subsequent years, he would do it often. After committing the act, he would warn me against informing anyone about the tribulation,” said the minor, who is the child of Mutinda’s elder brother.

The girl also stated that her grandfather started defiling her in 2020.

“Recently, he called me to his house and asked me: ‘have you ever been [s£xually] penetrated? I told him: ‘what do you mean by penetration?’ He responded by saying: ‘come to my bedroom I demonstrate to you what I exactly mean’. I was with my elder sister at the time. My grandfather, thereafter, sent my sister to the shop to buy sweets before asking me to join him in his bedroom, where he defiled me for three consecutive days,” said the girl.

The child’s mother who works away from Kaani Village alongside her husband said she had noticed that her daughter had developed a habit of withdrawing from her relatives, and when she (mother) asked her what the problem was, the minor opened up about being s£xually abused by her grandfather and uncle.

The parent took her daughter to Kathiani Level 4 Hospital late Tuesday, where she was examined to establish if she had been s£xually exploited.

“We are waiting to receive the doctor’s report so that we can go ahead and lodge a case against the suspects, whom we have arrested and detained at the Kathiani Police Station,” Kathiani Deputy OCPD John Kimathi said.

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