A 70-year-old man, Michael Chebotin, in Baringo County in Kenya has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for defiling a 5-year-old girl, OccupyGh.com has gathered.
Michael Chebotin reportedly gave the girl syphillis as a result of the defilement.
Kabarnet Law Courts Resident Magistrate Vienna Amboko found Michael Chebotin guilty of the offence.
The magistrate said the Prosecution proved its case beyond any reasonable doubt that Chebotin sexually abused the minor on April 2, 2020 at Koisir Village in Baringo North Sub-County.
The court established that the convict also infected the child with syphilis.
The magistrate said allowing a non-custodial sentence would be an act of injustice to the child after Amboko rejected a non-custodial sentence recommendation, which had been presented by the probation officer
The Prosecution had earlier objected to the probation officer’s report, saying the minor has been traumatised by the incident.
The State prosecutor Joseck Abwajo said the court should consider the scar the victim has to live with for the rest of her life.
The convict has been in remand since April 7, 2020.
In its judgement, the court said it had factored in the period the convict had been in custody.