Two Meru University of Science of Technology students face up to life imprisonment after they were charged with gang-raping a seven-year-old pupil on Monday.
Brian Munjalu and Francis Chepkosi denied defiling the Grade One pupil in turns. Tigania Principal Magistrate Faith Munyi remanded them in custody pending a bond hearing.
They are accused that on January 10, they jointly and intentionally defiled the child after luring her into their house in Kinyeria village, Nkomo location, Tigania West, in Meru County.
She was returning home from school at around 4pm when she found the two accomplices standing outside their house and Mr Chepkosi summoned her inside.
The two men then asked her what she had learnt that day. The girl enthusiastically responded that their teacher had taught them maths, hygiene and English.
Found the girl crying
But she sensed danger when Mr Munjalu allegedly told her to remove her clothes and she declined. The man then forcibly undressed her.
The two men then took turns defiling.
Her distraught mother, who reported the matter at the Nchiru Police Station, said she found the girl crying outside the gate at around 7pm.
Senior state counsel Michael Mutune said prosecutors had lined up four witnesses and opposed bond for the accused, saying they were a flight risk.
The bond request will be considered on January 17.
Under the Sexual Offences Act No 3 of 2006 gang rape attracts a prison term of not less than 15 years but it may be enhanced to imprisonment for life.