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Man to serve 20 years for defiling 13-year-old girl

A middle aged man has been sentenced to serve a 20-year imprisonment term in jail for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

Joseph Odongo Ogendo was convicted by Homa Bay senior resident magistrate Lester Simiyu who found him guilty of defiling the girl on July 22, 2017 at Shauri Yako estate in Homa Bay sub-county.

The accused person also faced an alternative charge of touching the private parts of the minor on the material date in violation of the Sexual Offences Act.

In mitigation, the accused person pleaded for pardon and asked for leniency saying he had a family to take care of.

The magistrate however said after listening to witnesses who testified in the case, he concluded the accused person committed the heinous act and deserves a deterrent sentence.

He was given 14 days right of appeal.