What you need to know:
- The girl, a resident of Homa Bay County, had travelled several kilometres to Vihiga County to meet her new-found Facebook lover after a couple of messages shared between them.
- The minor said she “met” the man, whom she only identified as Vincent, on Facebook this year and they later agreed to meet.
A relationship that began on Facebook involving a 17-year-old girl has ended up as a defilement case, after the minor was sexually assaulted by three men, including her Facebook 'friend'.
The girl, a resident of Homa Bay County, had travelled several kilometres to Vihiga County to meet her new-found friend after a couple of messages shared between them.
The minor said she “met” the man, whom she only identified as Vincent, on Facebook this year and they later agreed to meet.
The man invited her to his home in Mbale, Vihiga County, on June 5 where the two strangers met and spent the night together.
The girl sat her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination last year but did not join Form One and had been living with her aunt in Mbita since.
She narrated that Vincent defiled her on the night of June 5 and threw her out of the house, prompting her to seek help so she could return to Homa Bay.
This is when she met a boda-boda operator, identified as Davies, who took her to a lodging in Kakamega where they spent the night together.
In a move that further complicated the minor’s visit to Vihiga and turned it into a total nightmare, Davies also disappeared, leaving her stranded.
She then met the third man, who after listening to her tribulations, offered to take her back to Vincent’s house. They found Vincent’s house locked and the man offered to host her for the night, and defiled her.
In a movie-like narration that saw her take one disastrous step after another, she ended up falling into the hands of the three beasts.
A woman came to her rescue on June 10, five days after her horrifying experiences. She had earlier lied to her aunt in Mbita that she was visiting her mother for a weekend.
The woman she met on June 10 took her to the Mbale Police Station, where she recorded her ordeal. The police then called her mother and invited her to visit the station.
The experience has left her traumatised as all her defilers insisted on having unprotected sex.
Her mother said she had been struggling in vain to reach her daughter since her “disappearance” and was surprised when she received a call asking her to go to the Mbale Police Station.
“I have never been to this county before. My home is in Homa Bay County,” she said, shocked at what had befallen her fourth-born child.
She is now trying to pursue justice for her daughter. “The man who invited her to this place should be arrested,” she said.
Vihiga County police Commander Leonard Omolo did not divulge any details about the case, only saying investigations were underway.
Meanwhile, police in Siaya County are holding three people in connection with a rape linked to the death of an 11-year-old girl two weeks ago.
The Nation has established that two of those being held by detectives investigating the incident at the Siaya Police Station are relatives of the victim. They are accused of withholding crucial information about the incident, which they allegedly witnessed, in a bid to protect the suspect.
Siaya County police boss Francis Kooli on Wednesday confirmed that the suspects were arrested on Thursday last week.
“The court has granted us orders to hold them longer to give us time to complete investigations,” he said. Mr Kooli, however, revealed that the main suspect in the case - the girl’s uncle - is still on the run.
The shocking defilement and death of the Standard Two girl sparked bitter acrimony between in-laws who are at the centre of the case. The girl, an orphan, was buried a week ago after succumbing to injuries linked to the alleged defilement at the hands of her maternal uncle a month ago.
She died at Siaya County Referral Hospital. She was a pupil at a local primary school.