Lugari sheikh and pastor on trial for gang rape

Children watched as mother gang-raped for several hours in August 2019


• Victim testified in Eldoret in the trial of a pastor and a sheikh who allegedly broke into her house. gang-raped her as children watched.

• The offence was allegedly committed on August 2 and 3, 2019, jointly with others not before the court.

court on July 4
Two clerics before an Eldoret court on July 4
Image: Mathews Ndanyi

A pastor and a sheikh are on trial in Eldoret for allegedly gang-raping a woman in Kakamega three years ago.

This was shile her two children, aged two and five, watched in shock.

The emotional woman on Monday narrated how a gang broke into her house on the night of August 2-3, 2019, in Lugari, Kakamega, and gang-raped her for several hours.

“It was so horrifying, I couldn’t believe what was happening to me that night," she said.

“My children could not help.Those who raided by house were so violent and did no want to hear my cries for mercy," she said. 

On trial are Pastor Danson Malea and Sheikh Stephen Barasa and others not before the court.

The attackers stole Sh700 cash and a Techno mobile phone, which was recovered from one of the accused. They were arrested in Lugari.

They pleaded not guilty and are out Sh500,000 bond each, with a surety of the same amount. They face charges of rape, assault, committing an indecent act and theft.

The woman said she was treated at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

The case was first mentioned in August 2019 when the accused denied the charges and were released.

The remaining witnesses include the arresting police officer, the investigating officer and a doctor from MTRH who will testify on July 25.

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