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A 45-year-old Nakuru bodaboda rider and a self-proclaimed pastor accused of luring pupils into watching pornographic films and later defiling them was Friday charged with child prostitution.
Thomas Musabire who appeared before resident magistrate Wilson Kitur was charged with 20 counts of child prostitution, defilement and promoting child pornography contrary to the law.
The suspect who looked unmoved by his offence, comfortably denied the charges and through his lawyers Olaly Cheche and Dickson Mukare, he sought to be released on bond arguing that it was his constitutional right.
“I urge the court to release my client on bond since he is a law abiding citizen and has a constitutional right to be out on bond,” said Cheche. He was charged that on diverse dates in March at his house in Railways Estate in Nakuru county, willingly showed pornographic materials to pupils and later asked them to practice what they watched on a mentally-ill woman.
Musabire faced other charges of defilement where he is accused of molesting 18 boys and two girls in his house and later threatening them not to disclose the ordeal to anyone.
The court heard that the accused took advantage of the minors after he was hired by a number of parents to drop their children to and from school to avoid rapists in the unsafe route. The acts are said to have been committed over a long period of time, some cases dating back to last year.
According to police, the accused is said to have lured the minors at his house by giving them gifts and after watching the pornographic materials, he would order them to practice the sexual acts on a mentally-ill middle-aged woman, who visited the house daily.
The prosecution urged the court to remand the accused for five days to allow the police to complete investigations saying that more minors have come out and the number of the victims could rise adding that he can manipulate the witnesses.
It also wanted the accused to be taken for a full medical examination at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital to ascertain his HIV status adding that it could prefer more charges against the accused.
“We strongly deny the accused to be released on bond, he is a flight risk and can interfere with the witnesses, police are yet to complete investigations and we pray that he be tested for HIV,” said Maureen Koros.
Kitur concurred with the prosecution’s application and directed the accused be remanded at Central Police Station awaiting to be taken for a medical examination.
“Bond for the accused is denied and he is to be remanded at Central Police Station until the next hearing date,” he ruled. The matter will be mentioned on May 24.