He wants the sentence quashed for shoddy investigations and being disproportional.
A bishop jailed 75 years for defiling three girls and infecting one with HIV has appealed against the sentence. In his appeal, Bishop Joseph Agutu (pictured) has listed seven grounds he is seeking to rely on to have the appellate court overturn the decision by the lower courts.He claims the trial magistrate who convicted him last month erred in law by failing to observe that the case was shoddily investigated.Agutu has also questioned the sentence imposed on him arguing that it was not commensurate for the crime committed.
- Harold Odhiambo
- Posted on: 09th Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT +0300
SEE ALSO :Woman jailed for protecting sex pestIn her ruling last month, Resident Magistrate Pauline Mbulika handed the bishop 20 years each for the first three counts of defilement and 15 years for deliberate transmission of HIV. The sentences are running consecutively.He had been accused of committing the offenses between April and July 2016. One of the girls is aged 14 while the other two are 15.The court heard that the bishop had promised to sponsor the girls’ education before he started defiling them.The grandmother of one of the minors told the court how the bishop called to ask if her grandchild would meet some sponsors.“We spoke with him on the phone and he told me that he had helped many children and added that he would take my grandchild to Kisumu,” she said.