Mombasa high court photos, Justice Eric Ogola photos
Mombasa High Court. FILE

High Court in Mombasa orders a Giriama man be paid Sh700,000 as psychology costs after he found out that he was not the biological father of a child he had with his former wife.

The cash is compensation for mental distress, stress and embarrassment after a paternity test revealed that the minor was not his.

The money caters for Sh300,000 that the man, mentioned in court documents as Mr SVK, spent taking care of the child's mother during pregnancy and for hospital delivery costs.

The Sh 700,000 cash awarded will be paid by the child's actual biological father, mentioned in court documents as Mr NTA.

Mombasa high court judge Justice Eric Ogola revealed Mr SVK as an upright man who took his wife, Ms RNL, to give birth in a good hospital and paid the bills.

Soon after, however, she decided to go back to her father’s home, from where she delivered the devastating news to him that he was not the father of the child.

"For all his troubles, the first respondent (Mr SVK) is entitled to compensation for the expenses he incurred in caring for the mother and the baby," the Judge said.

Justice Ogola noted that Mr SVK had not quantified the damages he suffered, he took care of both mother and child and paid delivery costs.

The incidents have caused him pain and that he will continue to suffer mental agony, thus he is entitled to compensation.

Mr SVK had registered a cross-petition against a suit filed by Mr NTA, the biological father wants the child's birth certificate rectified and read his name (NTA) instead of Mr SVK.

Mr SVK had told the court that he was the husband of Ms RNL and were living together as husband and wife after sleeping with her several times, a baby girl was born in October 2015.

He had cleared the hospital bills and bought the minor clothes, as well as all necessary items required for a newborn child leaving the hospital. 

Mr SVK said the baby girl was his pride and joy as a father and since he comes from the Giriama community, he proudly named the child after his mother.

However, the court heard that his pride and joy soon turned into embarrassment and disappointment when his wife called him on September 2016, while staying at her parents’ home, and informed him that he was not the biological father of the child.

Mr SVK declined to accept the news and needed a parenthood test. The court heard that after blood samples were taken to South Africa for testing, results confirmed that he was not the biological father of the child.

He stated that Mr NTA, unknown to him, was in a relationship and used to sleep with his wife even though he knew that they were married.

Mr SVK told the court that NTA and RNL have now become man and wife.

On his part, Mr NTA said he was in a relationship with Ms RNL but cut it short when she married Mr SVK and they were blessed with a child.

He says he was not aware that the child was his until later. After the paternity of the child was revealed, Mr NTA moved to assert his rights as the father and to have the minor’s middle name changed.

The court allowed the petition and ordered the Registrar of Births and Deaths in Mombasa to have the minor’s birth certificate rectified to read Mr NTA as the father instead of Mr SVK. The court has ordered Mr NTA to pay the costs of the case.

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