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Lamu father handed 20 years jail term for sodomising son

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[The Lamu law courts. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

A 50-year-old father who repeatedly sodomised his 10-year-old son will spend 20 years behind bars.

Justice Allan Temba punished Yasin Mohammed on July 15. The convicted paedophile is a Lamu local who resided in Mokowe.

Mohammed did not deny abusing his son, whom his wife had left under his care when she went to work in the United Arabs Emirates.

Pain

The mother fainted when the news broke. She could not immediately return to the country because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

A spirited fight by Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) and locals resulted in Mohammed arrest in July and his subsequent incarceration.

“It is a big win for locals and fight against sexual violence among the minors,” MUHURI civic educator, Mohamed Skanda, said on Monday.

[Lamu Paralegal Officer and MUHURI Civic educator Mohamed Skanda. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Skanda rescued the victim.

The child could not walk or talk because of pain and shock. The perpetrator did not show remorse for his actions.

Undeterred

Skanda collected evidence and booked the case with the police. Cops arrested the paedophile at his place of work.

MUHURI worked with the prosecution to put up a watertight case. And when Mohamed got arraigned, he pleaded guilty, resulting in a record conviction.

MUHURI, through Program for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery (PLEAD), trained Skanda as a paralegal to fight such human right violations in the county.

The European Union (EU), via the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Amkeni Wakenya, funds PLEAD, which MUHURI implements in Lamu.

Sexual violence insurgence

MUHURI Lamu field officer, Umulkheir Ahmed, cited surging cases of sexual violence in the county.

She said minors are the most affected.

“Many cases remain unreported with parents opting for out of court settlement,” Ahmed said.

Ahmed said locals feel justice is elusive and have avoided the trial process.

[MUHURI Lamu field Officer Ms Umulkheir Ahmed. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

“The community claim police are not acting even after being furnished with adequate evidence. Some have resorted to revenge,” she said.

Some locals cited culture barriers, as they feel ashamed to be associated with a defiled girl, or a sodomised boy.

But PLEAD is changing the narrative. The trained paralegals among them Mr. Skanda are pushing for justice and educating the community about the trial process.

“The community now appreciates they can get justice in the court of law.

Mohammed case has set the bar – and all want to follow the route,” Skanda said.

Ahmed urged the establishment of a child protection centre because many victims stay where harm is.