A 45-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment, after he was arraigned for defiling and infecting his 15-year-old daughter with HIV.
The convict, who lives with his daughter at Muthara village in Tigania East, Meru county of Kenya, was said to have dragged her to the farm where he defiled her on several occasions.
The victim fled to a nearby farmhouse where she was found and taken to Muthara police station.
Upon her release, the girl refused to go home with her father. She told the officers that her father had repeatedly defiled her, and her teachers who she told about it, had refused to do anything about it.
The investigating officer took the man’s clinic card and discovered that he had enrolled to collect Anti-retroviral drugs.
The daughter was tested and the result returned positive.
The convict, who casually admitted to defiling his daughter, said he committed the offence “since he did not want to die alone and leave the girl to suffer”.
In her testimony, the girl narrated how her father would wake her up at night and drag her to the farm, where he defiled her.
Principal prosecution counsel, Celestine Matere, said the offence was serious as it had affected the teenage girl’s future.
Principal Magistrate of Tigania court, Paul Wechuli, said he was convinced that the suspect committed incest and deliberately infected his daughter with HIV.
Wechuli held that the man has betrayed his daughter’s trust and deserve to serve the maximum sentence.
He has been given 14 days to appeal.