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Nairobi teacher charged with defiling student in toilet

A teacher accused of defiling a 15-year-old student at Highridge Girls Secondary School in Parklands, Nairobi, has been charged with committing an indecent act.

Mr Hilary Okeyo also faced a charge of defilement before the Nairobi chief magistrate’s court, where he was ordered detained until Friday pending a ruling on his bail terms.

The prosecution said releasing the suspect may prejudice his security as the act has sparked “public outrage”.

The offence was allegedly committed at the school last Wednesday during prep time.

There are claims that school authorities had tried to sweep the case under the carpet, a move that angered other students, who threatened to go on the rampage.

The prosecution also wanted the suspect detained on the grounds that investigations are still going on, with necessary “exposure” procedures still to be undertaken, including the teacher’s blood samples.

Mr Okeyo denied that he defiled the girl and committed an indecent act by touching her private parts.

He faces a maximum life penalty if convicted.

Detectives have been pursuing the cover-up angle with a view to prosecuting those involved.

The identity of the Form One student is withheld and for the purposes of the trial, she is referred to as XYZ.