24 high school students arrested after police storm ‘sex party’ – PHOTOS
Police in Eldoret on Wednesday evening stormed a house in Kapsoya estate and arrested 24 secondary school students said to have been binge drinking and having sex.
Six of the students climbed over the wall of the compound and escaped, said police.
The students, said to be aged between 16 and 18, were on half term break and had met in the house for a party. They belong to different schools in Uasin Gishu County.
The gate was locked when the police arrived and they had to use a milkman from the estate as bait to access the house.
Police asked the milkman to knock on the gate and once it was opened, the officers rushed in and arrested the students and took them to Kapsoya police post.
Empty bottles of alcohol, used condoms and a mattress were found in the house, said police.
Residents of the estate said they called the police after music emanating from the house became too loud to bear.
The parents of the student whose house the party was being held recorded a statement with the police although they denied being aware of what the students were doing.
“My son had a birthday party and had informed me that he will be inviting his friends over so we did not expect them to turn up in large numbers,” said the mother of the boy identified only as Ms Kiplimo.
On Wednesday, the police said they would release the students but after questioning them. Most, however, spent the night in the police cells as they waited for their parents to be informed of their arrests.
“We are going to question one by one in front of their parents then we can release them. They will also be given bond. We are also going to interrogate the owners of the house before we prefer charges against them,” said Eldoret East police boss Adamson Furaha.
This came less than two years after more than 550 students, most of them minors, were arrested in a disco in the same town where they are suspected to have used drugs and possibly had sex in 2015.