In Summary
  • Joseph Agutu Obala was found guilty on four counts - three of defiling three minors and one of knowingly transmitting HIV to one.
  • Obala said he was dissatisfied with the ruling by Resident Magistrate Pauline Mbulika, whom he said erred in law in convicting him in both the main and alternative counts.
  • He has filed the appeal at the High Court in Kisumu County, saying the punishment was not commensurate with the offences.

The cleric who was jailed 75 years for defiling three minors and deliberately transmitting HIV to one has filed an appeal for the ruling to be overturned.

Mr Joseph Agutu Obala has filed the appeal at the High Court in Kisumu County, saying the punishment was not commensurate with the offence.

DISSATISFIED

Mr Obala said he was dissatisfied with the ruling by Resident Magistrate Pauline Mbulika, whom he said erred in law in convicting him in both the main and alternative counts.

He was found guilty on four counts - three of defilement and one of knowingly transmitting the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus.

He is to serve 20 years in prison for each of the first three offences and 15 years for the fourth.

Ms Mbulika said he will serve the sentences consecutively.

ARGUMENTS

During the hearing, the cleric claimed the girls had boyfriends and that they secretly used his phone to contact them. He had been living with them at an orphanage in the county.

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