Two Meru University students charged with gang raping 7-year-old girl
Two varsity students could spend the rest of their lives behind bars after they were arraigned before a Meru court on Monday morning to answer to charges of gang-raping a 7-year-old girl.
The duo, Brian Munjalu and Francis Chepkosi, who are students at the Meru University of Science of Technology, are said to have committed the act on January 10, 2022 in Kinyeria village, Tigania West.
Tigania Law Courts Principal Magistrate Faith Munyi however opted to remand the pair pending a bond hearing slated for January 17, 2022.
The suspects are said to have lured the minor to their house on the aforementioned date as she made her way from school.
Munjalu purportedly ordered the minor to undress, to which she declined, before he proceeded to forcefully undress her after which they took turns on her.
After the incident, the girl made her way home where her mother found her crying outside the gate. The woman reported the incident at Nchiru Police Station.
According to Senior State counsel Michael Mutune, who rejected bond for the suspects over claims that they were flight risks, four witnesses have been rallied to testify against the pair.
As per Kenyan law, gang-rape offences attract a sentence of not less than 15 years, but this can change to life imprisonment due to circumstances.