Two rugby players, Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba Mahaga, were convicted to 15 years in prison last week for being found guilty of gang rape.
Singer Wendy Kemunto accused the players of repeatedly raping her on February 10, 2018 in their Seefar Apartment.
Milimani Courts Magistrate Martha Mutuku, while sentencing the two, said the act traumatized the victim.
“Therefore a deterrent sentence is essential for the complainant to be traumatized,” she ruled.
“I will continue to impose a minimum sentence under the[ Sexual Offenses Act] Act, sentencing the first accused to 15 years ‘ imprisonment on the first account of gang rape. Similarly, the second accused is also convicted to 15 years in prison on account of gang rape.”
The Magistrate, however, appealed to the duo for 14 days. The defense team prayed for a sentence that was not imprisoned.
“As they have shown remorse, we ask for a non-custodial sentence. A sentence of custody will shatter their dreams,” defense lawyer Wafula Simiyu pleaded with the tribunal.
On the official twitter platform of the Kenya Harlequin, it has stated that the club respects the ruling however they will be looking forward to both players pursuing an appeal in the determination in clearing their names.