A police officer formerly attached to the General Service Unit (GSU) has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for raping his former sister-in-law in 2017.
This is after the Magistrate’s court found him guilty of raping his victim to avenge his wife’s decision to leave him on February 9, 2017, at the GSU headquarters in Ruaraka, Nairobi.
The officer identified as Anthony Ongere Moseti had been under the Independent Policing Oversight Authority’s (Ipoa) radar after a complaint was filed to the Authority after the incident.
Subsequent investigations by IPOA established criminal culpability and Moseti was consequently charged with committing an indecent act with an adult, contrary to Section 11A of the Sexual Offences Act in case number IPOA/CMU/218/2017.
In her judgment in March this year, Senior Resident Magistrate CM Njagi found Moseti guilty of rape and the sentencing was set for April 26, but eventually happened today (May 13).
“The accused person is convicted as charged on the principal count as per the provisions of section 215 of the CPC. Right of appeal 14 days,” said Justice Njagi.
Court documents showed that the complainant, identified in court documents as PW1, was 27 years old at the time.
She had been asked by her sister (Moseti’s ex-wife) to pick up a pair of shoes that she had left behind when she moved out of his house.
Accompanied by her other sister, PW1 went to collect the shoes after communicating with Moseti but he did not bring the shoes as agreed and upon getting tired of waiting, she went back home.
Collect the shoes
On February 9, 2017, Moseti called his sister-in-law and asked her to collect the shoes, saying he could bring them to the gate. However, Moseti took her national identification card and handed it over to security guards when he arrived at the gate. He then registered his name as Kevin Ongere, instead of Anthony Moseti.
“They then walked a long way. They arrived at the house and there was a man inside the house. The accused then signalled to the man using his head to leave and PW1 was pushed inside,” the magistrate established.
Moseti proceeded to rape her several times while keeping a machete beside them. He then filled a basin with water and asked her to take a shower.
After the ordeal, PW1 requested food. She saw potatoes in the house and asked Moseti to get tomatoes so that she could cook.
When he left the house to get tomatoes, PW1 dressed up quickly and ran out of the house but was spotted by Moseti who chased after but she got to the gate and reported the matter to the officers there.
Moseti found her discussing with the officers what had just happened. The officers, however, did not arrest the accused as requested by the victim because Moseti, who was a senior officer at the GSU headquarters, said he did not know her.
Arrest took too long
PW1 was, however, taken to a clinic on Thika road by the other officers where she was examined and treated. Sadly, Moseti’s arrest took too long prompting the victim to file a complaint at Ipoa.
Moseti was one day called and summoned to Muthaiga police station by a senior officer identified as Mr Hamisi who was serving as the Deputy Commanding officer then. While walking to the station, he met police officers, a woman and a man in the waiting bay.
“He informed the in-charge that he had learnt of a rape allegation as reported to him by officers manning the gate. That is when they interrogated the suspect who they learnt was a police officer who was serving at the GSU Headquarters Sub unit camp maintenance section,” the magistrate added said.
It is then that Moseti was arrested and detained inside the Muthaiga Police Station.
Speaking on the successful conviction and sentencing of the former GSU officer, Ipoa’s chairperson Anne Makori said that sex crimes are taken very seriously by the Authority adding that they had invested a lot of resources to ensure justice was served.
“This should serve as a deterrence to anybody who abuses his or her position of authority to cause trauma to another person,” she said.