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Rugby players charged with gang-raping singer

Two rugby players appeared before a Chief Magistrate on Monday to face charges of gang-raping a singer on her birthday two months ago.

The two, Lawrence Frank Wanyama and Alex Mahaga Olaba, who play for Kenya Harlequin Rugby Club, were indicted after investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

They denied charges and were released on cash bail of Sh500, 000 each. Hearing will be on May 16.

The two players told the Chief Magistrate that they still want to represent the country in the remaining IRB Rugby Sevens circuit series and would abide by all conditions placed by court.

The investigations started on February 11, when Kenyan female singer, identified in court papers as W.A, reported to police that she was gang-raped at Seefa apartments in Highrise estate, Nairobi.

She claimed that she was gang raped overnight on her birthday by the suspects.

Six witnesses recorded statements and further examination in hospital established that the complainant was pregnant.

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