2⃣ Accused of Defiling Iten Pupils Freed on 💴Sh300,000 Bond Each

2⃣ Accused of Defiling Iten Pupils Freed on 💴Sh300,000 Bond Each

Two lorry drivers accused of defiling two Iten schoolgirls denied the charges on Thursday and were released on Sh300,000 bond each. Edwin Korir and Hillary Mengich, who work for a Chinese road contractor, allegedly touched the girls inappropriately. They denied the charges before senior principal magistrate Hezron Nyaber, who freed them on bond with two sureties of the same amount.

Marakwet West police arrested the men on Tuesday night after finding them with the girls in a lodging. Kimnai location chief Francis Kanda said Korir and Mengich disappeared with the minors after completing the day’s work. “I got a tip-off from residents who saw the men and girls booking rooms. I called administrative police officers who found them in their rooms,” the chief said. The case will be mentioned on August 8.

Meanwhile, Keiyo North police boss Mwenda Meme has decried rising cases of defilement and incest. Meme also expressed concern about a low number of convictions and blamed victims and other members of the public, who do not provide evidence. “Most of these cases end up being thrown out of court because victims prefer out-of-court settlements," he said, adding that some parents relocate with victims, making it difficult for police to find and punish the perpetrators.

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