James Irungu Ndehi at a Nairobi law Courts where he was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of his daughter Marion Waithera Irungu.
BY SAM ALFAN.
High Criminal Division in Nairobi has handed the death penalty to a pedophiliac father who defiled and killed his own nine-year old daughter at a village in Kiambu County.
James Irungu Ndehi, 63, is said to have committed the offences on September 14, 2009 at a local village in Kiambu.
Justice Nicholas Ombija, in his sentence, said that “at the material time, the accused was alone with the deceased in his rural home, the wife having died and two other siblings were away staying with their maternal grandmother, thus leaving the accused and the deceased living alone in one house.”
“Only he could explain how the deceased, who was well during the day and even, attended a local church for service, happened to have been strangled and possibly defiled leading to her eventual death,” Justice Ombija said.
The Judge said that Irungu’s sworn defence “does not appear to discharge the burden put squarely on him under section 111(1) of the evidence act of providing circumstances which would exonerate him from blame.”
In his sworn statement, the accused testified that on September 14, 2009 while at his home in Kamae, Lari, he went to a local church in the company of his daughter and returned home after service.
He then went for medicine at the local shopping center where he bought two tablets of Mara Moja and two others whose names he could not remember.
The following morning, he woke up at 6 a.m. and tried to wake up his daughter in vain. He then reported the matter to the village elder, who in turn reported to Lari police station,
Mr Irungu was detained at Uplands police station and eventually charged with the murder of his daughter.
A neighbor had told the police they thought the child had been defiled on several occasions before she met her death.
On the fateful morning, police rescued the man after angry villagers had tried to lynch him.
He was given 14 days to appeal Justice Nicholas Ombija decision.