A Meru police officer may face rape charges for defiling a minor who was put under his custody after being rescued from her male companion. The student of Buuri High School found herself in the police officer’s dragnet after being taken to the police station alongside her boyfriend. Put in two different cells, the policeman then came for her in the evening and raped her overnight.
Kiirua police boss Patrick Lumumba says investigations have been launched into the incident.
Here is HOW Star newspaper reported the story:
POLICE in Meru are investigating an incident where a form two student rescued from her loverâ€™s house was raped by a police officer in custody.
The Buuri High School student had gone missing since Mashujaa Day only to be found on Friday in the company of Kennedy Koome.
She admitted she had been cohabiting with the young man since she was in class seven, her father Julius Murianki said.
Koome and the girl were arrested by administration police and locked up in different cells at Kiirua Police Station.
Family member Ken Mwiti told the Star that on Saturday morning, the parents went to visit the two.
The girl told Mwiti that a police officer named Charist Kyalo had defiled her during the night.
The officer had forced her into his house.
He returned her to the cell in the morning and locked her up, Mwiti said.
Her father Murianki said the Kiirua police boss Patrick Lumumba took it upon himself to investigate the matter.
However, yesterday, the girlâ€™s mother Harriet Makena told the Star on the phone that after medical tests were done late on Saturday night, some police officers begged Koome to lie that he is the one who raped the girl.
She said she did not know why the police wanted to â€œdivert justiceâ€.
â€œWe have advised Koome and the girl to refuse the pleas of the officers. The medical report confirmed that the police officer is the one who did it and all I want is justice to be done,â€ Makena said.