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Man arrested after sodomising his one-and-half-year-old son to death


Police in Tharaka-Nithi County are holding a man Derick Muchiri from Magutuni village in Maara Sub County for allegedly sodomising his one and half-year-old son to death.

Addressing journalists in her office in Chuka town on Wednesday, Tharaka-Nithi County Commissioner Beverly Opwora said the boy; Lean Murerwa was confirmed dead on arrival at the Magutuni Sub-County hospital where the mother and her 25-year-old husband had rushed him on Monday.

Serious injuries

She said upon investigations, the medics discovered that the boy had serious injuries on the anus.

“The hospital called the police after noticing the injuries on the child and upon interrogation, the officers suspected the father to be the main culprit,” said Ms Opwora.

She said the father, a known suspected drug addict, was helping police with investigations and that he would be arraigned in court soon.

Ms Opwora said incidences of defilement and other forms of child abuse were on the rise in the region and blamed drug abuse and illicit brew consumption.

She said most of the barbaric crimes were being committed by family members of people who are well known to the children who should be their custodians.

147 drug peddlers

To curb drug abuse and liquor consumption, the county commissioner said she security officers in the region had intensified crackdown and in the last two months had arrested 147 drug peddlers and brewers and poured more than 10,000 litres.

She said they had also netted 1,900kg of bhang and 192 rolls of the marijuana.

“We have arraigned the suspects in court and they have been fined a total of Sh1.385 million. The crackdown is ongoing,” she said.

She said there was a serious degradation of morality especially among the young married men and asked wives to be vigilant and always report any child abuse to police or administrators for a legal action.

Counseling

She also appealed to religious leaders to take serious their role of counseling young families noting the need for a concerted effort to redeem the society’s ruined morality.

However, the administrator maintained that government will not tolerate any form of criminality and urged other involved arms of government including the Judiciary cooperate.