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Malindi High Court Judge Reuben Nyakundi, on January 29, will give a judgment on an appeal by an imam jailed for life for sodomizing his stepson.

Omar Said, 38, committed the crime on March 23, 2016, at Maweni, Malindi. He attempted to silence the victim – aged nine at the time of the incident – with Sh10. The court convicted Omar, whom it said lacked remorse for his action, in November 2018.

A medical report revealed the minor had bruises on his private parts, with doctors concluding he was a victim of sexual assault.

In her verdict, Malindi Senior Principal Magistrate Sylvia Wewa said, “Omar betrayed the trust of the child who used to look upon him for care, love, shelter, food, and education.”

Omar, the court heard, would beat the victim after abusing him at night. Fearing for his life, the boy cowed.

“I feared he might injure me if I refused,” the minor testified.

Omar’s threats also extended to witnesses, including the victim’s mother, forcing the court to cancel his bond. He faces two similar sexual abuse cases.

Muhuri has been representing the victim’s family in court. Gender and children officer Topister Juma helped rescue the minor after the assault.