Muslim cleric released on Kshs 500,000 bond

By KBC Reporter

A Muslim Cleric accused of defiling his three-year-old step-daughter in Mombasa’s Kisauni area has been granted half a million shillings bond with a surety of a similar amount.

The accused was given the bond after the minor testified before the court.

The Shanzu court granted Mohamed Ahmed alias Ustadhi the bond on condition that he keeps off from the mother and the minor and does not interfere with the case until it is heard and determined.

The bond which was issued together with tough conditions was issued by Shanzu Court Senior Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache.

The accused, is accused  of committing the offence on diverse dates between July 2013 and 2015 at Kwa Bullo area in Kisauni Sub-County.

Part of the conditions issued by the court also include the prohibition of  using social or print media to discuss the case and not seek for out-of-court settlement of the matter with the minor’s mother.

The magistrate also prohibited the accused from inciting his followers against the minor’s mother or any other witness in the case while preaching at the mosque.

Mochache gave the orders after the minor had given her testimony, where the child narrated to the court how her father who is also a Madrasa teacher defiled her twice in his room.

The three-year-old pointed to the court by a show of hand, where the accused is said to have sexually assaulted.

According to the minor’s testimony, the respondent also sodomized her on the fateful day she had been called in his house.

Nasim Ali, the minor’s step-mother had told the court that the child shied away from facing the accused whenever they were seated in the house and that upon undergoing medical examination, it was discovered that the child had actually been defiled.

The Prosecution had indicated to the court that they intend to amend the charges against the respondent.

The accused who is said to have divorced the mother of the child one year ago, had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Hearing continues next month on August 22nd.

  

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