- The woman proceeded to Lamu Police Station at about 8pm to seek protection from her husband.
- The court also ordered him to pay his victim Sh400,000 as general damages for soft tissue injuries, mental anguish and torture.
A policeman found guilty of raping a woman in Lamu County was Friday handed lifetime imprisonment.
Lamu Principal Magistrate Allan Temba found 32-year-old Police Constable Rodgers Ouma guilty of raping the woman in his house at Lamu Police Lines in Langoni on December 8, 2019. Ouma was further condemned for abusing his authority as a police officer.
Mr Temba said that the complainant had disclosed in her statement given under oath, that Ouma sent his colleague to warn her that he would eliminate her as soon as he found his out of jail.
She said that it didn’t take long after the threat before some policemen began trailing her.
Mr Temba said that Ouma’s threats had painted him as a dangerous sexual convict under Section 39(1)(b) of the Sexual Offences Act.
“For the aggravated rape, the court sentences him to life imprisonment to protect the complainant from the promised threat and to act as a deterrent to other like-minded persons. On count two, the court sentences Ouma to 10 years’ imprisonment, which is concurrent with the life imprisonment,” he said.
The court also ordered him to pay his victim Sh400,000 as general damages for soft tissue injuries, mental anguish and torture as stipulated under section 175(2).
She will receive the award under the normal civil recovery process.
Mr Ouma has 14 days to appeal against the sentence.
The court was told that complainant proceeded to Lamu Police Station at about 8pm to seek protection from her husband whom she claimed had been forcing her to take abortion pills to get rid of an unplanned pregnancy.
Mr Ouma promised to help her as soon as she finished recording her complaint.
Just when she was preparing to leave the police station it started pouring down heavily. Ouma offered to take her to his house for temporary shelter.
When she was in his house, Ouma locked the door before he snatched her phone and turned it off. He then shoved her down and forced himself on her, thereafter threatening to kill her using a knife. She however found her way out of the house and spent the night in a neighbour’s house.
She could not go back to her house because she left her keys and phone in Mr Ouma’s house.
The following morning, she reported the matter to the Lamu OCS. A medical examination showed she had been raped
Investigators arrested the police officer after finding her belongings in his house.