An ex-Director of a Children’s home situated in Mihango in Nairobi’s Utawala area has been sentenced to 100 years imprisonment for defiling four minors for seven years. All the minors were below thirteen years old at the time of the act.
Stephen Nzuki Mutisya, 29, was found guilty by the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi where Senior Principal Magistrate Zainab Abdul served him the sentence. Nzuki defiled the four minors between 2010 and 2016 and was charged with four counts of defilement.
The prosecution stated that Nzuki committed the offenses at Scream Africa Safe Child Home and Vijiko School in Utawala, Nairobi.
During the court hearings, the court was informed that Nzuki quoted Bible verses while defiling these minors to prove himself innocent since he alleged that the Bible allowed his acts. The minors also identified him as their abuser.
While passing the sentence, Senior Principal Magistrate Zainab stated that it was the responsibility of the accused to protect those children. Yet, the director of the children’s home abused his power and took advantage of them, and abused them.
With that, Magistrate Zainab stated that it is the responsibility of the court to impose a warning sentence to serve as an example to other potential offenders, hence the 100-year imprisonment.
Besides, the court noted how serious the offenses committed by Nzuki were and that they carry a heavy penalty.
“This is not a case where an accused person can be given a non-custodial sentence as it would amount to mockery of the justice system,” she added.
In passing the sentence, the court considered the grave effects that Nzuki’s acts had on the minors who are now adults.
In count one of the offenses, Nzuki defiled a nine-year-old minor and was sentenced to fifty years in prison. Counts two and three involved him defiling a fifteen-year-old minor and a thirteen-year-old minor where he will serve twenty years respectively for each offense. Nzuki was added another ten years in prison after the court found him guilty of committing an indecent act on a minor.
Yet, Nzuki pleaded for leniency and requested the court to grant him a non-custodial sentence. However, the prosecution opposed it and asked the court to proceed with the maximum charge.
Besides, the court realized that Nzuki had faced a similar charge at Milimani Law Courts and Makadara Law Courts and hence denied his plea for leniency or freedom.