The writing is now on the wall for men who violate sexual rights of women and intrude into their privacy as they are likely to spend the rest of their lives in prisons.
This was stamped yesterday as two matatu crew and a petrol station attendant were sentenced to hang for violent robbery and sexually molesting a female passenger in Githurai 44 three years ago.
Nicholas Chege and Meshack Mburu, a driver and conductor respectively of a matatu were joined by Edward Ndung’u of Millenium Petrol Station in Kasarani sub-county in accepting the consequences of a joke taken too far.
Nairobi chief magistrate Francis Andayi handed them another sentence of 25 years in jail for stripping and sexually assaulting the woman. But the jail term was suspended as the trio had already been handed the death penalty.
The 25 years will, however, remain in abeyance. Degrading treatment Andayi said the woman, who was drunk, was stripped naked and recorded on camera as a gang of seven men among them the trio, “subjected her to humiliation and untold degrading, inhuman treatment by inserting their fingers into her private parts.”
The magistrate said the accused took part in a senseless and uncouth act that they seemed to enjoy “because they were cheering” as they stripped the woman.
“Let men out there with this kind of uncouth behaviour learn that women must be treated with decorum and anybody who violates them must face the brunt of the law,” he ruled.
The victim told the court there were about seven men in the bus that day and they wanted to rape her but she lied she is HIV-positive so that she could rescue her self.
“It takes courage to report such an incident and she suffered humiliation because of her right to privacy,” said the magistrate. The prosecution through senior State counsel Duncan Ondimu asked the court to impose a harassment punishment against the accused persons saying the only sentence provided by the law for robbery with violence offenders is death.
“The death sentence against them will show the public and women out there that they do have protection by both the court and law enforcement agencies,” said Ondimu.
The three were charged that jointly with others not before court, violently robbed the woman of Sh10,200, a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone worth Sh27,000, a bottle of perfume, a clutch bag and make-up kit all amounting to Sh41,700.