Court reduces Malindi Imam’s sentence to 25 years in son sodomy case

Omar Said Omar during a past hearing PHOTO COURTESY

An Imam who has been battling a life sentence slapped upon him after a court in Malindi found him guilty of sodomizing his stepson is set to spend 25 years in jail.

Omar Said Omar was jailed for life by Malindi Principal Magistrate Sylvia Wewa in 2018 after the court found him guilty of the offence but he later appealed the case.

Malindi high court judge Rueben Nyakundi read out the sentence on Wednesday, two years after Omar appealed the sentence.

According to the victim’s mother, Omar 38 who was her husband of six years had carried out the act in Maweni area of Malindi sub-county on 25th March 2016 before bribing the boy with sh.10 in an attempt to buy his silence.

The victim’s mother said she got married to the accused when her husband died.

The victim’s mother had told the court that the incident had affected his mentally challenged son psychologically and he is forced to scamper for safety whenever he sees men around.

“My son’s life is destroyed. He nowadays plays with girls and is afraid of a male company. I want the court to deliver the harshest penalty, which will be a lesson to people like him (Omar),” The victim’s mother had told the court during the final appeal.

However, Justice Nyakundi had exempted the victim from making a final appeal arguing this was likely to subject the victim to further trauma.